main exhibition

Soledad Senlle Art Foundation


6.11.2016 – 18.12.2016
Soledad Senlle Art Foundation
Sloterkade 171
1059 EB Amsterdam
Open Mon – Sat 11am – 6pm
Free entrance

Finissage of the festival Let it keep secrets at Soledad Senlle Art Foundation

At the conclusion of a broad range of events, exhibitions and performances, please join us at the finissage of the ‘Let it keep secrets’ Michael Gibbs (1949-2007)
One more talk, one more performance, one more drink, and another one, on Michael!

3 pm, Epilogue to the archives
 Small talk, Cees de Boer

Curator and art critic. In 2015 he co-curated the exhibition with
Herman de Vries at the Dutch pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale.

In his work Ex Libris (1978) Michael Gibbs draws, writes and positions the books and magazines in his library. Like many of Gibbs’ works, this one also is a statement, a manifest, with which he clarifies his position as an artist and puts his theory into practice. It will be the point of departure for a meditation on the archive, the document, the alphabet and the (in)permanent moment. 

4 pm, Blind Date With Michael Gibbs
 Performance, Peter Baren

bear in mind /// the voice will be the leading catalist /// retreat // the limits of my language are the limits of my world // once upon a time // acbc // several actions over exposed // michael // reclaim // over the years // no fucking narrative / combine the direct spin off // resocialize / work presented in Soledad Senlle / hug while saying this to people present /

2015-dordrecht-pictura-13-mei-peter-baren-performance-2-by-nico-parlevlietPeter Baren in performance, 2015. Photography Nico Parlevliet

More than thirty-five years ago Michael Gibbs made Peter Baren explore new grounds by being one of the first to invite him to publish and exhibit his work in ARTZIEN. Peter Baren is now pleased to honour his spirit by making a connection with Gibbs’ work Seed collection in which he literally sowed his ideas. Peter’s performance will resemble a guided tour and other concrete eruptions in the exhibition. What could be first encounter to one might be the harvest of a later crop for Michael.

Meanwhile…Noëlle Cuppens will work on ‘Ad nauseam’. She will consider the work as complete when the last guest leaves the room.

Exhibition of Michael Gibbs’ works

The exhibition contains Michael Gibbs’ concrete and visual poetry, in the form of books, paper works, photo works, audio, video and other representations of performances. Mainly the works from before 1985 will be displayed, since it is most unknown to the public until now.  The curators are Eva Gongrijp and Gerrit Jan de Rook. The videoworks are available through Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.

In addition an installation by Doyoun Park the rules and results of re-enacting Michael Gibbs’ Add Nauseam, an ongoing performance  by Noëlle Cuppens. During the period the programme will be completed by newly developed performances and  Smal Talk of special guests.

6.11.2016  3 pm
Speech by Harry Ruhé, fluxus expert and co-publisher Artzien
Performance by Rose Akras Tour de chance avec les mots – 4 pm

Additional performance
19.11.2016 2-4 pm
Performance by Noëlle Cuppens, interpretation of Michael Gibbs’ Add Nauseam 

Small Talk and videorelease
3.12.2016 3 pm 
Raul Marroquin Small Talk 
Screening of Gibbs video ‘Extinction’ (1974)

Guided Tour and performance 
10.12.2016 3 pm
By Gerrit Jan de Rook and Eva Gonggrijp
Meanwhile… Add Nauseam, work in progress by Noëlle Cuppens 


Rose Akras – Tour de chance avec les mots                                                                        performance 6.11.2016 4 pm

The creation and erasing of image and text play an important role in the work of former dancer Rose Akras. She used the serene and unwinding atmosphere in Michael Gibbs’ video Deuxième poème symbolique and the constant writing and erasing in his performance Short Story as departure for this new developed performance.

Peter Baren – Blind Date With Michael Gibbs                                                    
performance 18.12.2016  4 pm

About thirty years ago Michael Gibbs made Peter Baren explore new grounds by being one of the first to invite him to publish and exhibit his work. Peter is now pleased to honour his spirit by making a connection with Gibbs’ work Seed collection in which he literally sowed his ideas. Peter’s Blind date with Michael Gibbs will resemble a guided tour in the exhibition. What could be a first encounter to one might be the harvest of a later crop for Michael.

Noëlle Cuppens  – Add Nauseam
performance, ongoing

Noëlle Cuppens made a project Last pages, where she worked with Letraset letters,By using the letters intensively they were getting finished so more and more gaps began to show. She is fascinated with the box Letraset of Michael Gibbs, re-intrepetating his performance Ad nausaeum (getting nauseus) were the form gets its meaning by Gibbs ordering and Cuppens action through time.

Raul Marroquin
Small Talk 3.12.2016 3pm

The remarkable artist Raul Marroquin, Michael Gibbs’ contemporary,  attended the Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht when he captured Gibbs’ obscure action to put an alphabet on fire at the parking space:  Extinction (1974).  He used the first video camera ever, provided by a Dutch art school. Rod Summers, a friend of both of them, made photographs. This black-and-white footage, discovered only recently, will be shown at the main exhibition accompanied by Marroquins’ talk about this experimental and colorful period.

Doyoun ParkThe rules#2                                          
installation, 2016

By turning the words of the original book Zeichen (Sign) by Umberto Eco into stamps, Doyoun Park found a way to lay out an overview of all its content, temporary and concrete. He wants to stress that the material’s fragility and instability reflect the very nature of an allegedly ‘structured world’ that can be deconstructed and restructured at any time.

Soledad Senlle

This Art Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting special projects by young and established artists from various disciplines. The Foundation strives to bring renewing art projects into the public eye, involving urban environment and the community, to stimulate creative and critical thought about contemporary art.