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 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.
In the exhibition, we follow the figure of Rob Stolk (1946-2001), one of the main founders of Provo. Coming from a socialist working class background, Stolk was involved in activism from a very young age. His involvement in Provo forced him to become a printer; since mainstream printing offices refused to handle the subversive and sometimes illegal Provo material, he had no other option than to print these publications himself. Reflecting on this situation, Stolk often quoted American journalist A. J. Liebling: “Freedom of the press is for those who own one”.
On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue will be published, designed by Experimental Jetset and featuring contributions by Auke Boersma, Johannes Schwartz and Marek Pokorny.
June 22 – October 28, 2012
Moravian Gallery, Brno