[artinfo] Daniel Birnbaum & Kim West: Life on Sirius

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Daniel Birnbaum & Kim West
Life on Sirius: The Situationist International and the Exhibition After Art
Sternberg Press
ISBN 978-3-956791-06-2

Daniel Birnbaum and Kim West's essay Life on 
Sirius: The Situationist International and the 
Exhibition After Art is the third volume in the 
series All the King's Horses, published by 
Sternberg Press. The book will be launched in 
Moderna Museet's Pontus Hultén Study Gallery on 
February 10 (6pm) in conjunction with the 
exhibition Comparative Vandalism: Photography 
from the Asger Jorn Archive, on display until 
February 19.

Birnbaum and West's essay explores the 
relationship that the Situationist International 
developed with the museum, more specifically the 
Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and with the idea 
of the exhibition in general. Through some 
speculative and inconclusive juxtapositions, it 
attempts to gauge the consequences of this 
relationship, characterized by unease, for 
artistic production on the one hand and the art 
institution on the other.

All the King's Horses is a series of exhibitions, 
seminars and events that investigate the legacies 
and the actuality of the Situationist movement. 
It poses two general questions: what are the 
histories of this movement, understood as an 
international network of associated groups and 
fractions? And in what ways do Letterist, 
Situationist and Post-Situationist concepts, 
theories and techniques continue to inform 
current cultural production? The project is 
organized by Moderna Museet in collaboration with 
Allianz Kulturstiftung.

The Pontus Hultén Study Gallery is a site for 
curatorial experimentation and research. Designed 
by Renzo Piano it is perhaps the best testament 
to the playfulness and democratic ambition of the 
museum's early years. Forthcoming events will 
focus on Dan Graham's Rock My Religion, a film 
produced by Moderna Museet in 1983 and on Leif 
Elggren & Carl Michael von Hausswolff's expansive 

Moderna Museet
SE- Stockholm


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