January 25, 2023
YOUTH is Anne Imhof’s labyrinthine solo exhibition on view at the Stedelijk from 1 Oct 2022 until 29 Jan 2023. Before the exhibition opened, Stedelijk Studies invited Katya Inozemtseva and Andrea Faraguna to discuss the plans, visuals, and stories behind the exhibition. In this essay, Stedelijk Curator of Photography Vincent van Velsen reflects on the parallels between YOUTH and a Stedelijk labyrinthine exhibition that was cancelled in 1960.
How does YOUTH’s distinct combination of both artistic elements and props generate the intense physical and mental sensations felt by many of its visitors?
About the Author
Vincent van Velsen is a curator, advisor and writer, who works as Curator of Photography at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He has an academic background in art and architectural history. Van Velsen is a contributing editor to Dutch contemporary art magazine Metropolis M and often writes for different platforms, catalogues and publications. Prior to his time at Stedelijk he curated various group and solo exhibitions at different small and mid-scale institutions around the Netherlands – amongst which a solo by Sammy Baloji and group shows No you won’t be naming no buildings after me at TENT Rotterdam and Even if it’s Jazz, or the quiet Storm at Nest Den Haag. Van Velsen was previously a resident at the Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, as well as a guest resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He frequently sits on juries and advisory committees and for four years was a chair of several committees at the Mondriaan Fonds. He is also a member of the Stadscuratorium Amsterdam (SCA) and departing board member of De Appel. Most recent he curated YOUTH by Anne Imhof and currently he is working on solo projects with Nan Goldin, Nora Turato and Ellen Gallagher.
 My thanks go out to Dr. Sven Lütticken and Dr. Maurice Rummens who both generously guided me toward the right references of the exhibition history of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in relation to the Situationist International. Janna Schoenberger, “Ludic Exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Die Welt als Labyrinth, Bewogen Beweging, and Dylaby,” Stedelijk Studies Journal 7 (2018). DOI: 10.54533/StedStud.vol007.art06.
 The exhibition was initially meant to debut at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. However, in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Garage Museum suspended its entire exhibition program with immediate effect. The preparations for this unrealized exhibition inform the show at the Stedelijk