press release

At the location where Wies Smals initiated de Appel in 1974, thirty artists are reflecting within the context of the auction upon the relationship between the economic and the symbolic value of art. The three curators, members of de Appel’s staff, have invited the artists to make a new work on A4, in which the changed value system within the art world in these times of financial crisis, is being brought up for discussion. After being exhibited, the conceptual works, texts, drawings, promises, understatements, ideas, visions and performances will be part of the “Two in One” auction taking place at Christie’s on 20 May. The project is an empathetic critique from within, in which de Appel and the artists assume the simultaneous role of contemporary collaborator and critical inquirer.


2 May (Opening), 2009, 6 pm: “Tu Aimes, Tu Achètes - You Like, You Buy”

performance of Meschac Gaba realized by Jonathan and Johannes Gaba. 8 May, 2009, 2 pm: “Ongoing Reading Project” of Job Koelewijn

a ‘reading session’ with the artist (45 min.). 20 May Christian Jankowski “Strip the Auctioneer”, between 5 pm. – 8 pm, Christie's

Opening Hours Exhibition: 3-12 May, daily from 2 - 8 pm

With: Sven Augustijnen (BE), Maria Barnas (NL), Erick Beltrán (MX), Barbara Bloom (US), Monica Bonvicini (IT), Daniel Buren (FR), Maurizio Cattelan (IT), Marlene Dumas (ZA), Coleen Fitzgibbon and Robin Winters (US), Claire Fontaine (FR), Meschac Gaba (BJ), Dora García (ES), Liam Gillick (UK), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (FR), Jens Haaning (DK), Christian Jankowski (DE), Job Koelewijn (NL), Harrie de Kroon (NL), Louise Lawler (US), Ahmet Ögüt (TU), Roman Ondák (CZ), Tomo Savić-Gecan (HR), Sean Snyder (US), Nedko Solakov (BG), Mladen Stilinović (RS), Apolonija Šušteršić (SL), Lawrence Weiner (US), YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (KR/US)

Curators: Danila Cahen, Nell Donkers and Edna van Duyn i.c.w. Ann Demeester