“’60–’80: attitudes/concepts/images”

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

If Amsterdam thought itself at the center of the world in the ’60s, those stirring times of flower power and the provos, then the ’70s were an anticlimax. That decade saw the city fold into a slumber; perhaps half an eye was cocked at New York, but nobody cared for what was going on in, say, Düsseldorf, Berlin, or Rome. Reawakening came with the German and Italian painting renaissance only to find the city out of focus in the visual arts. The sudden activity at the Stedelijk over the last two years, culminating in the present exhibition, is a kind of paying off of arrears.

“’60 –’80: attitudes/concepts/images” seems to be in many ways a repeat of the Westkunst exhibition of 1981, in Cologne. The concept of the show is clearly inspired by Westkunst, with its chronological arrangement, unexpected confrontations between works, and highlighting of certain pieces that were controversial in their

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