Collection presentation featuring art from the former Soviet Republics and satellite states acquired by the Stedelijk after the Cold War.
Freedom is Recognized Necessity will be on view at the Stedelijk Museum from 3 March – 12 August 2018. The exhibition sheds light on a remarkable chapter in the Stedelijk’s collection history. Featured are artworks from the Soviet sphere of influence, acquired by the Stedelijk after the end of the Cold War. In the 1990s, the Stedelijk hosted several exhibitions highlighting contemporary art from the (former) ‘Eastern Bloc’ countries, which led to the purchase and donation of numerous artworks. Reflections on the political situation and references to early 20th century art are important themes, together with the suggestive use of symbols, and strategies related to performance. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a painting by the Russian painter Leonid Lamm (1928-2017): Adam and Eve: Freedom is Recognized Necessity (1974-1984), in which Lamm underlines the complex relationships between freedom and necessity while simultaneously delivering an ironic commentary on the socialist dictatorship.
Leonid Izrailevich Lamm, Adam and Eve: Freedom is Recognized Necessity, 1984. Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
(Photo: Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum)