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The Avantgarde Never Gives Up

A project by Andrea Bozic and Julia Willms

In format of an installation (1) and a performance (2).

1. Version: The Avantgarde Never Gives Up

Audio visual installation, projection, monitor, Quicktime film, 2,10 hrs, 2011/2012

Painters: Yvonne Grootenboer and Emile Miedema
Describer: Jan van Adrichem
Advice: Sven Lütticken
De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Beitrag_10_The painters in installation


For this project, Andrea Božić and Julia Willms invited two painters, Yvonne Grootenboer and Emile Miedema, to re-produce a painting they had never seen. They painted it by listening to art historian Jan van Adrichem describe it in words. It took 7 hours to make this painting. Božić and Willms translated this intense live performance into an installation that re-creates this process.

The original painting was made by Asger Jorn, one of the founders of Situationism:  L’Avant-garde se rend pas,  made in 1962, is one of his Modifications (détournements) in which he took a painting found at the flea market by an  anonymous painter and painted it over. Ultimately, L’Avant-garde se rend pas is a painting made by two authors.

The Avant-Garde Never Gives Up is a derivation of the performance  After Trio A which was made in 2010, based on Yvonne Rainer’s minimal dance Trio A (1966) and No Manifesto (1965).  In After Trio A, two dancers are asked to learn the original Trio A dance phrase live in front of the audience during the performance, copying from the monitor on stage.

Duration: 2 Hrs 10 min

2. Version: Portraits

Live performance, 2 painters, 1 describer, duration approx 8 hrs

Painters: Elise Franck und Vivien Roussel
Describer: Claire Lahuerta
Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France

For the exhibition 1917 in the Centre Pompidou Metz (2012) we invited the two painters Elise Franck and Vivien Roussel and as a describer the art historian Claire Lahuerta. This time we asked the participants to open the actual process to the audience: 8 hours long the public could witness this live performance.

The painting which was copied was made in 1917: Joan Miro – Portrait of E.C. Ricart.


- A World, GAM | Gallery Obrist, Essen, Germany, 2013

- 1917, Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France, 2012

- Genius Without Talent, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2011