Modern Love guided tours

Discover the exhibition with curator Katerina Gregos

7 November 2021
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
12:00 - 13:00
Location: Centraal Museum
13:30 - 14:30

On Sunday 7 November we organise two guided tours through the exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies) at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 by curator Katerina Gregos. The exhibition, on view at IMPAKT and the Centraal Museum, explores the state of love and romantic relations in the age of the Internet, social media, neo-liberal capital, and globalisation.

Book tour at 12:00h Book tour at 13:30h

The tour at 12:00 h will start at IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture].
The tour at 13:30 h will start at Centraal Museum.


Digital technology and consumerism have significantly transformed love and social relationships. The experience of the virtual has increasingly dissolved the boundary between private and public. This influences how we communicate and interact with one another, especially with those closest to us.

On the one hand, the Internet and social media have facilitated the expression of non-heteronormative identities, of alternative forms of desire, and alternative ways of being. On the other, they have played a problematic role in cultivating pathologies such as narcissism, obsessive self-performativity, digital dependency, and the commodification of emotion. The conflation of reality and fantasy has created complex psychological and relational entanglements. Modern Love explores these and many other, related phenomena.

At a time of increasing alienation, individualism and loneliness – all symptoms of our increasingly urbanised lifestyles – how can we reclaim meaningful intimate relationships. How can we reclaim love as a potent emotional force and intense psychological bond between people that gives meaning to our lives in ways that no other interaction, ‘object’ or experience can? How can love be rescued from the claws of capital and the corporate technosphere? The exhibition Modern Love at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 looks into the pathologies and problems afflicting love and matters of the heart today, aiming to prompt a reconsideration of how we engage with those nearest to us and prompting us to imagine a way out of current feelings of emotional sterility, loneliness and the ‘cold intimacies’ engendered by digital technologies.

At the Centraal Museum, artists from the Modern Love exhibition are brought into dialogue with the museum’s collection.

On view at IMPAKT:
Laura Cemin (IT), Marijke De Roover (BE), Kyriaki Goni (GR), David Haines (UK), Juliet Jacques (UK), Mahmoud Khaled (EG), Jonas Lund (NL), Maria Mavropoulou (GR), Lauren Lee McCarthy (USA), Kyle McDonald (USA), Marge Monko (EE), Margaret Salmon (USA) and Hannah Toticki (DK).

On view at the Centraal Museum:
Melanie Bonajo (NL) (from 9 November), David Haines (UK), Marge Monko (EE), Peter Puklus (HU), Hannah Toticki (DK) and Dries Verhoeven (NL) (from 3-7 November). In dialogue with historic and contemporary artists from the collection of the Centraal Museum: Hendrick Bloemaert (NL), Marlene Dumas (NL), Duran Lantink (NL), Sanam Khatibi (IR), J.H. Moesman (NL) and Rory Pilgrim (UK).

Read more about Modern Love


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