Two or Three Things I Know About Provo
by Danny van den Dungen, Erwin Brinkers, Femke Dekker, Marieke Stolk
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Provo was an Amsterdam anarchist movement that existed for just two years (1965-1967), although its existence resonated for years to come, in the Netherlands and abroad. Through conceptual (so-called 'ludiek') activism and speculative political proposals (the 'white plans'), the Provo movement captured the imagination of a generation, and forever shaped the Dutch political and cultural landscape. Part art movement and part political party, Provo was a loose collective, consisting of individuals with very different ambitions: subversive agendas, artistic motives, utopian ideas, concrete plans. Between 1965 and 1967, these motives and agendas briefly overlapped, and created a unique movement. A movement that liquidated itself in 1967, in a self-declared act of 'auto-provocation'.

Invited by the organizers of the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno to guest-curate one of the exhibitions, Experimental Jetset decided to present a reworked version of 'Two or Three Things I Know About Provo', the exhibition that originally took place in the beginning of 2011, at Amsterdam art space W139.

For the Brno Bienniale, Experimental Jetset have reworked and reinterpreted their original exhibition, adding new material and updated texts, as well as video- and audio-material. Also included in the show is a brief research project by Femke Dekker (of My Little Underground), who will look at some early encounters between Provo and like-minded Czechoslovakian groups.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the Moravian Gallery published this small catalogue, designed by Experimental Jetset and featuring contributions by Auke Boersma, Johannes Schwartz and Marek Pokorny.

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