Act I: Beautiful from Every Point of View

Morality will be inaugurated by two initial acts, proposed as a parallel situation between interrelated statements about our relationship to the world and to images.

Act I: Beautiful from Every Point of View

10 October 2009 – 10 January 2010

Act II: From Love to Legal

10 October 2009 – 7 February 2010

Opening on Friday 9 October, 7 – 9 p.m.

Performance by Spartacus Chetwynd, btwn 7 – 9 p.m.

Act I: Beautiful from Every Point of View explores the gray space that we inhabit between images and power. Act I’s title derives from Horace’s famous aphorism of the first century BCE, “nothing is beautiful from every point of view.” Not so long ago, this statement would have seemed absurd, given the Enlightenment idea that Truth and Beauty arrive together. Today, however, Horace’s sentence is little more than a platitude, increasingly deployed in a rhetoric in which any point of view, and any action, can find its justification merely in its right to exist.

Beautiful from Every Point of View is a group exhibition that brings together a selection of works that refuse to assert an immediate, self-evident point of view on the subjects they represent. The works range from poignant simulations of the capitalist sublime, to humorous commentaries on the relationship between struggle and power.

Featured artists

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marko Lulic, Kris Martin, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Morris, Ron Terada, Tobias Zielony, Artur Zmijewski.

The Triumph of Death and King Midas

Friday 9 October, 7 – 9 p.m.
Performances by Spartacus Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd (London, 1973) gained recognition with her baroque, musical and surreal performances featuring humorous image quotations from art history, literature linked to pop and folktales. The performance or two mimes entitled The Triumph of Death and King Midas are performed by the accompanying band the Princes in the Tower, and together they will perform the narratives from Cautionary Tales.

This is the first project to be developed in the framework of a performance cycle that culminates in 3 days of stage events in the Spring of 2010.

Program curated by Renske Janssen.

Free Guided Tours

(NB not for groups)

  • Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. by a staff member (in English/Dutch) – FREE (excl. entry price)
  • Every Sunday at 3 p.m. (in English/Dutch) – FREE (excl. entry price)
  • For other guided tours

  • For groups (10 and up)
  • On other days / times
  • In other languages (Arabic, English, French, German, Polish, Spanish)
  • Upon request and payment – 60€.

More information and contact via +31 (0)10 4110144 or by e-mail: [email protected].


  • Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Marko Lulic, Kris Martin, Sarah Morris, Ron Terada, Artur Zmijewski



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