Facing the Crowd - Museumnacht Den Haag

Saturday 8 October 2022
20:00 – 01:00

Facing the Crowd

The exhibition Facing the Crowd shows documentation of performances in the form of a lecture, speech or sermon. Covering works from the early 1970s to today, Facing the Crowd highlights the different ways in which language, human behavior, the artist’s body and voice, and interpretation become an integral part of the artwork.

The exhibition is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s theoretical concept of the ‘fourth wall’, where the audience is no longer separated but is approached directly, while at the same time pointing out the foundations, and consequences, of today’s YouTube video aesthetic. The presentation also draws on the role that poetry and storytelling play in the contemporary art scene worldwide.