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Sonsbeek 20>24

12 June 2019

The sonsbeek exhibition was initiated in an effort to help Arnhem recover from the severe damages the city suffered during the Second World War (The Battle of Arnhem). Since this first edition in 1949, sonsbeek has significantly contributed to and helped redefine international contemporary art exhibiting. As one of the first international art projects after Venice Biennale (1895), Whitney Biennial (1932), and preceding documenta (1955), sonsbeek has always been a ground-breaking and pioneering exhibition regarding art in public space. sonsbeek 20→24 aims to follow the legacy of its iconic prior editions that took place between 1949 and 2016, which were curated by Wim Beeren (1971), Saskia Bos (1986), Valery Smith (1993), Jan Hoet (2001), Anna Tilroe (2008) and ruangrupa (2016).

The 12th edition of sonsbeek takes place under the auspices of artistic director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and his team of co-curators: Antonia Alampi, Amal Alhaag, Zippora Elders, Aude Mgba, and Vincent van Velsen. In this new, more sustainable form, sonsbeek will abandon the usual rhythm of contemporary art production and exhibition, and instead stretch out in a continued public process until 2024, thereby consolidating and encapsulating two editions. This means that sonsbeek20→24 will be a platform in which various activities like exhibitions, discursive programs, residencies, publishing, radio and more can emerge throughout its time-frame.

drawing by Isabel Fiadeiro

Online screening: L’École du Caméléon, a film in the making commissioned by De Appel*

A project by Karima Boudou, Renée Akitelek Mboya and Aude Christel Mgba

25 Jan '21

Online screening: La Coquille (Dakar 2010)

Conversation entre Issa Samb et Antje Majewski

film screening18 Jan '21

Opening New Academic Year: Hidden Histories

Stakes of the unsaid of a heavy colonial past

11 Sep '19

Time Accumulates with Ogutu Muraya

Workshop on experimental orature(literature+orality) by Ogutu Muraya for ArtEZ students

20 Jan '21


Pre-recorded talk Antje Majewski, Annette Schemmel and Aude Christel Mgba

About systems of transmission and making of art, spaces of learning and making

film screening15 Feb '21