The POPULISM project tries to formulate concrete spaces for experience, reflection, and discussion linked to a contemporary political and cultural phenomenon that is as complex as it is widespread.
As part of this project, an exhibition will explore the relationships between contemporary art and current populist cultural and political trends .
This exhibition includes new works and projects by around 40 international artists and artist groups around sub-themes such as: the mass media projection of politics; market populism and the cultural industries; group and corporate identities; representations and spaces of “the people”; law, order and security; religious and moral controversy; nationalism and xenophobia.
It takes place in parallel at the following venues:
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius , 8/4 – 5/6
National Museum of Art , Architecture and Design, Oslo , 15/4 – 4/9
Stedelijk Museum , Amsterdam . 29/4 – 28/8
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main , 10/5 – 4/9
A series of lectures and seminars will also be organized during 2005 in the exhibition venues, as well as panel discussions in a number of other European cities.
POPULISM is a project produced by NIFCA, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art ( Finland ) in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Centre ( Lithuania ), Frankfurter Kunstverein ( Germany ), the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design ( Norway ) and the Stedelijk Museum ( Netherlands ).
POPULISM receives funding under Action 1 of the Culture 2000 programme.
Award of the European Union Prize and special commendation for contemporary architecture
This action, which is funded by Action 3 of the Culture 2000 programme with the support of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation , aims to highlight contemporary architectural creativity and raise public awareness of the social and cultural importance of modern architecture in European cities.
The awards for 2005 were given at a ceremony held in Barcelona on 11 April. The EU Prize was awarded to Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon for the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and the Emerging Architect Special Mention to Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse and Mark Linnemann for their "BasketBar" project in Utrecht . A travelling exhibition and a catalogue will present the award-winning projects and the pre-selected projects.