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The Stedelijk Museum dedicates six galleries to the exhibition Spirits of the Soil by Raquel van Haver. Especially for this exhibition Van Haver will produce a new series of monumental paintings. The exhibition at the Stedelijk is Her first solo exhibition at an Amsterdam museum. 25 Nov 2018 until 7 Apr 2019 The exhibition Spirits of the Soil opens with an introductory gallery presenting photo collages she made in 2017 during the Lagos Festival, followed by a sequence of four gallery spaces, each featuring a large, new painting. The exhibition reaches its apotheosis in a huge space in which the central painting is embedded in a spatial installation: We Don’t Sleep As We Parade All Through The Night, 2018. This colossal painting measuring 4 by 9 meters, deftly blends the imagery from all the previous galleries. Loosely modelled on Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the composition portrays a group of people seated at a table spread with food and drinks. The central company around the table fans out into flanking scenes of people eating, drinking, and playing cards. The architecture of the painted neighborhood – informal and decidedly homespun – unfurls into a spatial installation with wooden partitions, steps and elevationsWith her raw, narrative and figurative style of painting, Van Haver challenges the Euro-American canon. Her imagery is nurtured by art from ‘other’ regions and with that she tells ‘other’ stories. Although the format of her canvases is reminiscent of history painting, her compositions do not depict the exploits of figures from the west. At the heart of her work are the ‘spirits of the soil’, the central figures in the histories of colonialism, imperialism, migration and diaspora.
— exhibition curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen acuratorscamera https:www.stedelijk.nl/en/exhibitions/raquel-van-haver raquelvanhaver musuem stedelijkmuseum amsterdam art contemporaryart contemporarypainting futuregenerationpainting wedonotsleepasweparadeallthroughthenight oilpaint femaleartist thefutureisnow wesmokedemblazeunderroyalregime installation curator soloshow spiritsofthesoil photo by gertjanvanrooij/another2 weeks before the show closes