The French artist Jean Dubuffet in the city of Amsterdam

29jun2017 17.00


This summer, both the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam are programming exhibitions dedicated to the oeuvre of the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985): 'Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens' and 'Jean Dubuffet, The Deep End'. The respective curators, internationally renowned experts on Dubuffet’s oeuvre, Alfred Pacquement and Sophie Berrebi will give talks on the occasion of these exhibitions starting at the beginning of July.

Alfred Pacquement (guest curator Rijksmuseum): “Dubuffet: monumental sculptures”

This talk will address Dubuffet’s monumental sculptures, characterised by the recognisable bright white, red and blue patterns, of which 12 examples, coming from Paris, Lisbon, New York and London, will be on display in the Rijksmuseum gardens. 

Sophie Berrebi (guest curator Stedelijk Museum): “Jean Dubuffet and Urban Space”

This talk will contextualise Dubuffet’ s sculptural and architectural work from the so called Hourloupe period within his oeuvre, looking in particular at his earlier work presented at the Stedelijk Museum, and offer an analysis in relation to the conceptions of urban space.

Both talks will be given in English.

About the speakers

Dr Alfred Pacquement is an art historian and museum curator. He was the director of the National Museum of Modern Art, in Centre Pompidou, Paris from 2000 to 2013. Before that he was a curator in Centre Pompidou, then director of Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume and of the Paris Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts. He has published numerous books and catalogues on modern and contemporary artists and has curated a large number of exhibitions. Now an independent curator and cultural consultant, he has recently been in charge of exhibitions on Calder, Miro, Penone in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and Lee Ufan, Kapoor, Eliasson in château and gardens of Versailles. He has acted as curator of the Richard Serra exhibition in Doha (Qatar) and recently “High Tension” a group exhibition of 8 contemporary artists in museums in Beijing and Guangzhou.

Dr Sophie Berrebi is an art historian and curator based in the Art History department of the University of Amsterdam. Dr Berrebi completed a PhD on the reception of Jean Dubuffet in the United States at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, in 2003 and has since then widely published on different aspects of the artist’s oeuvre, before editing the book Entrée en matière: Hubert Damisch et Jean Dubuffet, Textes et correspondances 1961-2001 (Paris, 2016). In June 2018, she will curate the exhibition Jean Dubuffet and the City at Hauser & Wirth, Zürich and publish on this occasion a monograph study on Dubuffet and urban space. Dr. Berrebi’s other fields of research include contemporary art, photography and video, which are investigated in her book The Shape of Evidence, Contemporary art and the Document (Valiz, 2015). She is currently researching a book on fashion and everyday life.

Drs Machteld Löwensteyn will act as moderator. 

Machteld G.G. Löwensteyn is affiliated with the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies as an art historian and is advisor to the Amsterdamse Academische Club for programming regarding history, art history and art.

About the exhibitions

The exhibition Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens (1 July – 24 September 2017) has been created in close collaboration with the Fondation Dubuffet in Paris and is curated by Alfred Pacquement, former director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Rijksmuseum, sculptures by the artist are presented in the museum gardens. The Stedelijk Museum will display the entire group of Dubuffet works in its collection in the exhibition Jean Dubuffet, The Deep End (30 June – 24 September 2017) curated by Sophie Berrebi (University of Amsterdam) and Margriet Schavemaker (Stedelijk Museum).


Are you staying for diner?

After the lecture we will serve a club meal for 15 euros. Our members get a 15% discount. Please let us know if you are staying for dinner.

Program Thursday June 29th

17:00 doors open and drinks
17:30 start interactive lecture
18:45 end of program
Drinks and dinner (optional)

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