4 July – September 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has given the Antistrot artists’ collective a free hand for the ‘Hidden Track’ mural in the museum’s Espresso Bar. The artists reflect on the image culture of today’s society with cartoon-like pictures. Antistrot finds inspiration in present-day media like the internet, television, comics and fashion photography, and in striking images from the past, such as pornography from the nineteen-seventies.
Antistrot combines serious topical themes such as violence and less serious themes such as fare-dodging, impotence, adverts for curing spots and hair loss in drawings and provides a commentary. The underlying theme of their work is the reaction to modern society’s idiom and direct contact with the spectators and listeners.
Antistrot magnifies existing images hugely or cuts them down to size and ridicules them in parodies and fantasy images. By extracting meanings from their context and combining them with a different content Antistrot constantly wrong foots the viewer. Humour and satire are vital ingredients in the drawings, and certainly in the performances and the musical events. And they are not averse to clichéd images and toilet humour. ‘We try to involve the audience in an almost situationist happening in our flights of fancy and provide them with an experience that goes one step further than telling a story,’ says Charlie Dronkers. Like the Situationists in the 1960s and 70s, Antistrot puts ‘the crass stupidity of life itself’ into perspective with disorganized, satirical images.
Performances and unveiling
Saturday 4 July 2009, some of the members of the Antistrot artists’ collective will be giving performances in the inner courtyard of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen before the unveiling of the ‘Hidden Track’ mural. The performances start at 2.00 p.m. The unveiling of ‘Hidden Track’ will take place at 3.30 p.m. The museum will also be celebrating its 160th anniversary on July 4.