In an opinion article in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, Michiel van Iersel responds to recent articles by Melle Daamen, the director of the Stadsschouwburg theatre in Amsterdam and member of the Council for Culture. Daamen criticises the cultural sector in the Netherlands for its inability to adapt to changes in society and to the funding cuts. In his reaction, Michiel argues that Daamen is overlooking and even excluding a new generation of artists and cultural producer who are constantly re-inventing the arts. Instead he should try to understand their motivations and actions.
The image below shows the original article (in Dutch). Screenshot via Blende.
Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, our equivalent of the Financial Times, asked Michiel to share a ‘burning issue’ with them. In this article, published on 10 November 2012 and inspired by a whole range of writers and artists, he reflects on the omnipresence and potential of ‘creative destruction’ in coping with the problems we face.
Find the complete text (in Dutch) below. And find the same spirit of ‘creative destruction’ in the writings and works of people like Joseph Schumpeter, Gordon Matta-Clark, Félix González-Torres, Jean Tinguely, Susan Sontag, Arata Isozaki, Christian Marclay, Rotor, Arcangelo Sassolino, Cyprien Gaillard, Lara Almarcegui and many others. And read more about the Ise Shrine in Japan (with thanks to Jarrik Ouburg for telling us about this wonderful place).
On Friday 10 February the exhibition A Perfect Day – Tekenshow will open at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. More than 60 artists and over 150 works of art will be on display until Friday 24 February. Amongst them are David Shrigley, Raymond Pettibon and Gummbah.
In today’s De Volkskrant, Dutch artists that take part in the exhibition have replaced all the photos with drawings. It is a rare take over of one of the biggest newspapers in the Netherlands, and surely worth a walk to your news stand or sigarenboer to get a copy.