Zijn naam was Austerlitz/Austerlitz was his name


Béatrice Balcou, David Bestué, Pierre Bismuth, Pavel Büchler, Peggy Buth, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Jason Dodge, Marcel van Eeden, Aurélien Froment, Simon Fujiwara, Mario García Torres, Agnès Geoffray, Alexander Gutke, Ane Mette Hol, Sven Johne, Alexandra Leykauf, Chaim van Luit, Clare Noonan, Marzena Nowak, Paulien Oltheten, Moira Ricci, Jasper Rigole, Stéphanie Saadé, Oriol Vilanova, Tris Vonna-Michell

Curated by: Sam Steverlynck

Venue: A Tale of A Tub, Space for contemporary art and culture
Justus van Effenstraat 44, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Opening Times: Thursday to Sunday 13:00–18:00

Public Programme:
Opening, 13:00—19:00

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Alexandra Leykauf, Untitled #10, 2014

The group exhibition Zijn naam was Austerlitz/Austerlitz was his name marks the second edition of an annual collaboration with A Tale of A Tub and presents a variety of artworks selected from the imaginary collection of Tlön Projects. This consists of art from various international, private, collections and aims to make works that would otherwise have been largely hidden from the public, accessible.

Belgian art critic and curator Sam Steverlynck (1979) was invited to organise this edition, which he did, taking W.G. Sebald’s (1944–2001) novel Austerlitz as a starting point. Almost coinciding exactly with the 20th anniversary of the premature death of the influential German author, the exhibition evokes the book utilising some of its literary techniques and themes whilst paying homage to Sebald’s unique combination of text and images, and thereby dealing with themes such as the impossibility of communication, memory’s unreliability, history’s latent life in the present, the use of found photographs to evoke or create memories and the unique combination of historic facts, autobiography and fiction.

The works comprising Zijn naam was Austerlitz/Austerlitz was his name originate from the following collections: Kervahut—Laurent Fiévet Collection, France; Edgard F. Grima Collection, France; G + W Collection, the Netherlands; Joseph Kouli Collection, France; Reyn van der Lugt Collection, the Netherlands, plancius art collection, the Netherlands; Alexander Ramselaar Collection, the Netherlands; Servais Family Collection, Belgium; Veys-Verhaevert Collection, Belgium; along with other collections that wish to remain anonymous.

Sam Steverlynck (1979) is a Brussels-based art critic and curator. He is currently curator for the 2nd year candidate laureates at HISK, Belgium. Together with the artist Dome Wood, he founded The Agprognostic Temple, a nomadic art space/Gesamtkunstwerk in Brussels, showing art dealing with spirituality in the broad sense of the term. For the Temple, Steverlynck curated two group shows (Scripted Truths with Ricardo Brey, Fia Cielen, Benjamin Husson, Felix Kindermann, Philippe Koeune, Shana Moulton, Isabel Tesfazghi, Lou Touchard, Filip Vervaet, 2020; Mirrored Infinities: Serene Blumenthal, James Lee Byars, Laurie Charles, Eric Croes, Sanam Khatibi, Joris Van de Moortel, Julien Saudubray, Oraura, Antoine Waterkeyn, McCloud Zicmuse, 2021) and two solo shows (The Warning by Nicolas Provost, 2020; Primordial Earth, The Beginnings by Léonard Pongo, 2021).

In 2018, he co-curated the exhibition One Thing Plus Another Thing or One Thing Minus Another Thing. That’s How Stories begin. with Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers for Tlön Projects in The Hague with work by Helena Almeida, Katinka Bock, Pavel Büchler, Heman Chong, Julien Crépieux, Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Jason Dodge, Omer Fast, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Christopher Knowles, Dominique Petitgand, Amalia Pica, Jimmy Robert, Yann Sérandour and Ian Whittlesea.

In 2015, he initiated a residency programme in the iconic 1958 villa by René Heyvaert in Destelbergen, Ghent, Belgium. Amongst the residents, architecten de vylder, vinck, taillieu, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, DD Trans, Filip Dujardin, Peter Swinnen, ...

In 2014, he curated the group exhibition A Simple Plan in a private villa in Kruiskerke, Belgium, designed by the architect Stéphane Beel with work by architecten de vylder vinck tailleu, Greet Billiet, Pierre Bismuth, DD Trans, René Heyvaert, Istvan Ist Huzjan, Honoré d’0, Gert Robijns and Willy De Sauter.