Final lecture in the lecture programme The Vincent Award 2006
Final lecture in the lecture programme The Vincent Award 2006Wednesday 29 November 20.00 -22.00 hr,SMCS on 11(th Floor), Oosterdokskade 5Lecture by Reinier de Graaf on ‘The Image of Europe’The first three lectures that the Stedelijk Museum and the European CulturalFoundation organised on the occasion of the The Vincent Biennial Award forContemporary Art in Europe 2006 mainly focussed on issues related to the visualarts in Europe. The programme raisedquestions such as: is there art that can tell us something about what Europe is, who‘we’ Europeans are? How do geographical borders differ from mental ones? And howdoes contemporary art in the so-called periphery relates to and interacts with the‘established’ art scene in Europe? Besides the question of the identity/identities ofEurope, a few art(ists) initiatives were presented during the lecture series that havecreated structures and strategies for contemporary art when those were lacking.Initiatives that have not only stimulated the local art climate but have also providedpossibilities for a wider, more global reach.For the fourth and last Vincent lecture the architect Reinier de Graaf (Schiedam,1964) has been invited. He is partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture(OMA) and director of AMO, the think-tank of OMA. In 2002 De Graaf and RemKoolhaas were invited by the European Parliament (of which the Netherlands waschair at the time) to make an analysis of the European identity/ identities and howthis/these are represented. Rather soon AMO concluded that despite all political andeconomical results Europe does not seem to have a strong visual representation.After the analysis AMO/ OMA gave a presentation of some visual images that couldbetter define its heterogynous identity. The results were shown in the exhibition ‘TheImage of Europe’.This analytical approach and method is characteristic for AMO’s practice. Reinier deGraaf has also made such an analysis of the important museums in the world (withregards to attendance, budget-income, amount of artworks, etc.) to be used for aproposal of an extension of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.