Sonsbeek 2008
June 13 - September 21

The striving for Grandeur


The notion of ‘Grandeur' has a lot of history attached to it. Negative history, up to megalomania and its catastrophic consequences, but also magnificent history, marked by ideals of a better world and a better man. How do you translate this idealism into our own times or into the future? Are such dreams still viable or is that a utopia?


Sonsbeek 2008 is not asking artists for a neat, generally valid interpretation of the notion of ‘Grandeur'. That would be an impossible task. But what art can do is represent the striving for human greatness. Sonsbeek's Grandeur is not about result, but about the unpaved road towards it.