18 November 2018


Metahaven: Earth

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

– 24 February 2019




Commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum together with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Sharjah Art Foundation, Metahaven’s new film, “Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)”, forms the core of the exhibition “Metahaven: Earth” at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.


“Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)” is not the first film by Metahaven, the name for the two artists Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, whose joint practice has increasingly developed, since 2007, from graphic identities, spatial installations, and publications to moving images. For this reason, the video works created so far, including “The Sprawl” will be presented as immersive installations in four galleries, while their music videos, textile and graphic works will be shown in a fifth gallery.

The play with the fine line between fiction and reality, feature film and documentary also runs through “Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)”. Recordings from the Ural Mountains and Macedonia meet archival film material and graphic animations to address the ideological and political currents that are currently gripping the European Union.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication in the form of a large zine designed by Metahaven and compiled together with curator Karen Archey. It includes essays as well as interviews about and with Metahaven.


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