The 1980s. Today's Beginnings? An alternative view on the 80s

Edited by Nick Aikens, Charles Esche, and Diana Franssen

Published by Van Abbemuseum



  1. 3.
    Thinking Back
  2. 4.
    NSK From Kapital to Capital
  3. 5.
    Video Nou
  4. 6.
    How Did We Get Here?
  5. 7.
    Archivo Queer

The 1980s. Today's Beginnings? explores the long 1980s from six European perspectives, examining the relevance of this trans- formative decade for today. Placing different contexts alongside one another, the exhibition aims to offer alternative views on the recent past by allowing multiple social and cultural voices to speak to one another. The project comprises a diverse mix of artworks, music, TV, graphic and archival material, exploring a wide set of socio-political themes through the lens of culture.