“Century 87”

Indoor and Outdoor Locations Throughout Amsterdam

Amsterdam, designated by the European Economic Commission as the “cultural capital of Europe” in 1987 (succeeding Athens and Florence in that title), has been celebrating this occasion by organizing various art events here with the aim of strengthening the cultural ties among the nations of Europe. As part of this celebration, three young Dutch art historians—Sjarel Ex, Nicolette Gast, and Els Hoek—curated “Century 87: Kunst van nu ontmoet Amsterdams verleden” (Today’s art face to face with Amsterdam’s past), a contemporary art show organized as an art walk in the old center of town. Twenty-nine European and American artists were invited to create individual installations or exhibitions of their work at an equal number of preselected public sites, in keeping with the trend that seems to have dominated large exhibitions in Europe over the last few years.

In this case, works of art—many of

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