Anne Imhof (*1978) has emerged over the past decade as one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation. Today based between Berlin and New York, Imhof spent her formative years in Frankfurt am Main, where she taught herself to draw and make music while working as a bouncer at a local night club. Before eventually enrolling at the city’s academy of fine arts, Städelschule, she staged what she later designated the first entry to her catalogue raisonné: a one-night only performance in a red light district bar. She invited two boxers to take part and recruited a band. The boxers were told that the fight should last for as long as the music was playing, while the band were instructed to play for as long as the boxers were fighting. Imhof explained: “It was all pretty red—the table dance bar and the noses. Looking back on it I realized that it had been one way to create a picture.”
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Through January 29, 2023
Imhof is a phenomenon. Her combinations of painting, installation, choreography, and music draw inspiration from art history and underground culture and address the dynamics of power. Her work is unsettling and uncomfortable, and always impressive. Imhof examines physicality, collectivity, loneliness, desire, greed, fear, guilt and penance. For this, she uses various media to appeal to all our senses. With Faust she won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and her previous shows at Tate Modern and Palais de Tokyo were a sensation. This will be Imhof's first solo show in the Netherlands. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Stedelijk and the Hartwig Art Foundation, initiated by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.
The artist is given complete freedom to shape the museum's large basement gallery of 1100 square meters to her will.Link