Modern Love

(or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies)


IMPAKT Festival exhibtion
3 November 2021 – 6 February 2022
IMPAKT [Centre for Medial Culture] and Centraal Museum

Opening hours:

IMPAKT (Centre for Media Culture)
Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 18:00h (from 3-7 November)
Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 17:00h (from 10 November onwards)

Centraal Museum
Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00


Tours by Katerina Gregos on 7 November

The exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies) at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 explores the state of love and romantic relations in the age of the Internet, social media, neo-liberal capital, and globalisation. The exhibition is a collaboration between  IMPAKT, Centraal Museum, Tallinn Art Hall Foundation, and Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg. It probes societal patterns, and examines the challenges and opportunities that the Internet and social media – and now the Covid-19 pandemic – are presenting to our intimate relationships.

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.

The exhibition Modern Love will be on view at the IMPAKT Centre and at the Centraal Museum. 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 (SE), 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 contemporary and historical works 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).


The exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies) is curated by Katerina Gregos. The exhibition is a co-production of Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany and IMPAKT [Centre for media Culture] and the Centraal Mseum.

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