christine's bullet

Reportage: A human skeleton, used as a prop in a production of Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz inspires Gaston Leroux to write Le Fantôme de l'Opéra.

Andrew Lloyd Webber adapts this novel into an internationally successful musical; The Phantom of the Opera, in which chorus girl Christine Daaé believes the masked Phantom who develops her voice and musicality is her Angel of Music.

A mask is the depicted icon for "the world's largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people".

Shulamith Firestone suffered from Capgras Delusion, in which there is an irrational belief that a known entity is replaced by an imposter.

Der Freischütz found its basis in the German folk legend of the devil creating magic bullets for a marksman.

Was it a magic bullet that pierced Kennedy's neck and lodged itself in Connally's thigh?

Populism, speculation, science, magic, possession.

photographs Maarten Nauw

Frans Hals Museum
September 28, 2018

For the opening of RUIS!
Curated by Melanie Bühler

Frans Hals extended the representational conventions of portraiture. His paintings convey a painterly technique that was rougher, sketchier, and freer than that of his contemporaries. Indeed, Hals’ innovation does not only pertain to the style of his paintings but also concerns their content. His portraits display the important and wealthy members of society, for whom this form of representation had previously been reserved; but Hals also introduced new subjects, such as an accidental traveler, giddy fisher children and a keeper of the local inn. Consciously or unconsciously, Hals thus opened up the question of who can become the subject of portraiture and how they can be depicted.

Reviving Hals’ movements against the protocols of his time, Noise! displays an image of the human in all its plurality and abundance, whose representational boundaries grow progressively noisier. The exhibition brings together contemporary artworks that similarly play with and speculate on the notion of portraiture.

With: Anna-Sophie Berger, Vittorio Brodmann, Xinyi Cheng, Stephan Dillemuth, Nicole Eisenman, Hamishi Farah, Justin John Greene, Ivy Haldeman, Tom Humphreys, Jacqueline De Jong, Özgür Kar, Kiki Kogelnik, Sarah Lucas, Perri MacKenzie, Alan Michael, Jill Mulleady, Simphiwe Ndzube, Josip Novosel, HC Playner, Pilvi Takala, Siebren Versteeg, Gillian Wearing