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This weekend is the last chance to visit the Mike Kelly retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Energetic and inspiring work. Especially because of the freedom Kelly gives himself to continuously use the most diverse techniques. Constantly zapping between high and low culture. Superman recites Sylvia Plath. Socialist symbolism is combined with cartoon characters. Whereby permanent a tension persists between cynicism and adoration for his subject matter. The American school system and his own youth as the most authentic here, as well as the choice of materials of discarded toy animals. With which Kelly tells a highly intimate and personal story.
Mike Kelly runs until April 1st, 2013, at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Mike Kelly – Kandor 2B (2011).
Mike Kelly – Educational Complex (1995).