One of the strangest and most extraordinary exhibitions I saw recently was "De ou Par Marcel Duchamp par Ulf Linde ", based on a discussion Jan Aman and Ulf Linde had years ago, and now organized by Aman with Daniel Birnbaum and Moderna Museet, Henrik Samuelson and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.
Rather than a show about Marcel Duchamp or Ulf Linde, it was a show a show for Ulf Linde, choreographing their relationship and exchange of objects and copies and words.
Jan Aman is perhaps one of the most daring curators working nowadays, with a history of programming institutional exhibitions that have considerably broadened what we understand as curatorial practice: Over the years he programmed historically important shows such as Maurizio Cattellan's HIM (The Hitler piece) or Carsten Holler's One Day One Day" while experimenting with architecture workshops that ended up as real tools for the city planning office of Stockholm and engaged the entire city into discussions. Other shows took groups of artists to peripatetic journeys into the NASA headquarters, or became social experiments into the notion of Authorship and artistic production such as Miriam Backstrom's solo show, and much more. I was lucky enough to work with him on a few of these projects, and could clearly see the evolution that lead to something like "De Ou Par"
Instead of a regular exhibition, the show was based on 31 brief instructions:
walking in you saw a strange green room,
with some random cables on the floor, after just passing a tilted green wall, all the time thinking what is going on here, where is the exhibition?
hidden behind the green room, the Coffegrinder, a piece deliberately hidden in a super narrow dark passage,
later on a room with a gigantic ramp,
leading up to perhaps
underneath the world of notes and information, making us look at works we've seen many times before in an unexpected way