Mystery in the Submarine Wharf
May 2011

The American contemporary Surrealist George Condo this summer in Boijmans

George Condo lives and works in the United States of America. His work is collected by numerous private collectors and attracted enormous crowds earlier this year at the New Museum in New York. The exhibition fills seven of the museumís galleries from 25 June.

The Stockbroker, 2002 Oil on canvas 243.8 x 203.2 Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan
The Stockbroker, 2002 Oil on canvas 243.8 x 203.2 Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan

The travelling exhibition ‘George Condo: Mental States’ is having its European première in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. After a successful showing in New York, more than sixty paintings and sculptures from American and European collections are coming to Rotterdam. Condo is known for his breathtaking technical skill, his stylistic diversity and his highly original subject matter.

The museum’s Head of Presentations, Cathy Jacob, visited the exhibition at the New Museum on the Bowery in New York. This is what she has to say about the experience:

‘It is amazing to see so many works by George Condo together. This is a first. The galleries of the New Museum in New York are alive with these colourful, satirical and sometimes very humorous works. The paintings are very contemporary and relevant, but also stand in a long tradition of European portraiture, with countless references to old masters and more recent art. It is abundantly clear that the other visitors to the exhibition are having a fantastic time looking at so many wonderful pictures.’

The exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Hayward Gallery in London. The guest curator is Ralph Rugoff (director, Hayward Gallery). After Rotterdam the exhibition will be shown at the Hayward Gallery and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. A richly illustrated catalogue is available in the museum shop with essays by Ralph Rugoff and Laura Hoptman (curator, Museum of Modern Art), and contributions by the authors Will Self and David Means.