short and visual introduction to the artist

Peter Baren in conversation with Alex de Vries at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam during the presentation of his monography

BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND Performances 1980 – 2013. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

PETER BAREN * 1954  The Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam and works on performances and other presentations.

He studied painting at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 1972 to 1977. Since his first public performance in 1980 his work has been shown frequently in the Netherlands and from the mid-eighties on an international level.

Baren’s work is often collaborative; other artists he has worked with at an early stage include a.o. Stuart Sherman- performance artist, Koos Dalstra / Dalstar- criminologist and poet, Truus Bronkhorst- dancer and choreographer.

In 1989 he was one of the recipients of the PRIX DE ROME Art & Theatre.

Baren’s multimedia practice includes site-specific public performances which he refered to as ’temporary explorations’. He uses video both for documenting these performances and to create works which are more medium-specific examinations revolving around the history of mankind, cultural objects and territories.

Many of Baren’s pieces revolve around the notion of ritual and the way it functions in various socio-cultural contexts. This is conveyed in his art through the use of concepts of otherness and ancient cultures in works that also employ ‘body art’ techniques although in minimalist settings constructed with historical props.

The monography PETER BAREN  BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND  PERFORMANCES 1980- 2013, was launched during STAGE IT! Presentations on performance art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in May 2014.

Please go to PORTFOLIO 2024 – 1979 for more specific information on performances and other presentations –
also you will find the full content there of the monography PERFORMANCES 1980 – 2013

The ongoing performance series BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND, as a multi-sensory work, searches for a common ground between sensual bewilderment and operational suffering, challenging the constructed nature of our ideas on progress and memory, derived from our social, cultural circumstances and territories.

Recent invitations arrived from Athens GR, Solo Indonesia, Santiago CL, Genua IT, Amsterdam NL, Riga LV,

BLIND DATE WITH MICHAEL GIBBS [Secret It Is] 2016. Soledad Senlle Foundation, Amsterdam NL. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

THE WeighT OF LOVE. Nove Zamky SK 2018. Photo: Lehel Toth.

GIVE ME ANOTHER ISSUE, I GIVE YOU ANOTHER TISSUE [THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF HOPE].

Tiradentes, Atlantic Rainforest, Brasil 2023. Photo: Anderson Feliciano

PROGRESS PROGRESS [STRANDED]. On Alterity. FLAM #7 Forum of Live Art Amsterdam NL. June 2017. Photo: David Cenzer.

and performance study for UP-ON Live Art festival 2025. Chengdu China

THE WeighT OF LOVE [THIS UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS]. Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava SK 2023. Photo: Simon Luptak.

PROGRESS PROGRESS [The Missing Allegory]. Timpanon – Mucsarnok Palace of Exhibtiions, Budapest HU 1997. Photo: Lehel Toth

RAGE AND TIME AND HOPE. Overlapping Kassel DE 2022. Photo: Yeon Jeong

Photos from top left clokwise: Gert Jan van Rooij, id., Lehel Toth, id., Jacques Martens, Ronald Bal, Yeon Jeong, Simon Luptak

BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND [NO REQUIEM]
Performance together with Imke Zeinstra. Project ID. In Between Identities. The Hague 2019.
Photo: Jacques Martens

THE WeighT OF LOVE [THIS UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS]. Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava SK 2023. Photo: Simon Luptak.

 

BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND (HOFFNUNG, EXIL UND TOT)
Blauverschiebung No10. Galerie KUB, Leipzig 2017.
Performance: Peter Baren, Christopher Utpadel. Photos: Christian Liefke

WE THE BLIND PEOPLE? PEACE WILL COME TO ME! CAN’T STOP THE VOLUME! PEACE WILL COME TO ME!!
Circular walks during ART ROTTERDAM. Rotterdam 2017 University of Athens 2024
From the series BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND Photo: Mariana Lanari