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mike kelley: themes and variations from 35 years


From December 15, 2012 the Stedelijk will present Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years. This exhibition represents Kelley’s artistic output from the 1970s until his untimely death in early 2012, addressing the breadth of his multi-disciplinary practice while inspiring new readings and approaches to the interpretation and understanding of his rich and complex oeuvre.

The exhibition will include approximately 250 paintings, sculptures, objects, works on paper, videos and multi-media installations. Kelley was one of the most courageous, protean and provocative artists of our time, and this “thematic retrospective” is his first comprehensive exhibition since 1993 and is the largest overview of his work to date.

Organized for the Stedelijk Museum by guest curator Eva Meyer-Hermann, the exhibition will present individual works in new combinations, crossing the boundaries of chronology, bodies of work and former artistic project groups. It is organized around eight thematic groups identified by the curator, including architecture, language, identity, informe, power/politics, modernisms, nostalgia and religion. The extraordinary installation will fill the entirety of the Stedelijk’s new building. 

After its premiere at the Stedelijk Museum, the Kelley retrospective will travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA PS 1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.