Rotterdam

View of “Jonas Staal,” 2018. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg.

Jonas Staal

Het Nieuwe Instituut

View of “Jonas Staal,” 2018. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg.

Mission accomplished at home, Donald Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon has washed up in Europe to spread his nationalist evangel. Coinciding with Bannon’s EU travels, Dutch artist Jonas Staal’s “Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective” traced the right-wing ideologue’s career as an imagemaker. While Bannon came into the spotlight in the 2016 elections when he left Breitbart News to become CEO of Trump’s campaign and then spent seven months as chief strategist in the White House, he had previous stints at Goldman Sachs and in Hollywood where he variously wrote, directed, and produced eighteen movies. Using a spread of monitors and tablets, with extended labels and wall texts, the exhibition traced the ways in which Bannon’s intellectual trajectory is entangled with the history of the new century as it took shape after 9/11.

Bannon’s early activities, while seemingly disparate at

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