In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni

Centraal Museum

THE FIRST and until now only major retrospective of the Situationist International was organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1989. Hotly contested, it was hindered by Guy Debord’s boycott and by the withdrawal of his films from circulation. Now, almost thirteen years after the strategist’s demise, a show currently in Utrecht and traveling to the Museum Tinguely in Basel next month brings to light some interesting new materials, courtesy of Debord’s old allies and his widow. The exhibition addresses the history of the SI with an assortment of objects, collages, printed matter, and a few films, as well as a substantial number of paintings by Asger Jorn, Constant, Jacqueline de Jong, and the German Spur artists, as well as obscure pre-Situationists like Ivan Chtcheglov.

The first question is, of course, if and how the exhibition uses the various materials to (re)conceptualize the SI.

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