Thursday, August 12, 2010

Informal Incidents @ Stedelijk Museum Bureau

Ahmet Ögüt
Informal Incidents
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA)
22 August - 3 October 2010

Opening & Auction:
Saturday August 21
5 - 7 p.m.

During the opening, at about 6 p.m., the auction of Ahmet Ögüt’s self-portrait in oils takes place. For more information, please read the 'Punch This Painting Leaflet':

Ahmet Ögüt’s solo exhibition taking place in the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The exhibition, entitled ‘Informal Incidents’, comprises photographs, videos, an installation and an auction; the common denominator in all the works on display is the desire for a departure from the norm. By scheduling an auction at SMBA, which normally is a non-commercial institution, Ögüt aims at pushing our minds open to new possibilities.

The auction is an example of the artist’s celebration of actions performed in order to question social assumptions and the status quo. Ögüt praises acts like challenging the ordinary and exploring the gaps. His actions find expression in generally unspectacular but frequently disconcerting events, often recorded and transmitted to the public by use of documentary materials such as photography or video. However, by faking the action documented, Ögüt simultaneously questions the epistemological status of the documentary material: Can documentary material provide true accounts of fake actions?

The exhibition in SMBA is accompanied by the SMBA Newsletter No. 117 (NL/EN) featuring an essay written by Moosje Goosen.

With thanks to:
Christie’s Amsterdam