Simon Vinkenoog (1928 - 2009)

Lot 295: Ephemeral programme for the first 'happening', Open het graf! (1962)

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

October 17, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: - HAPPENING - VINKENOOG, Simon (Dutch 1928 - 2009) a.o. Open-het-graf. Happening organized by Melvin CLAY, Frank STERN & Simon VINKENOOG, 1962. Programme Open het graf! 9.12.62. Stapled sheets, A4, stencils on coloured paper with golden cardboard covers, with autograph title and year. With contributions by Malvin Clay, Jan Cremer, Jasper Grootveld, Bart Huges, Frank Stern, C.B. Vaandrager and Simon Vinkenoog. 10 pp., 2 double p. loose and 1 page with advertisement by the 'Bezige Bij'.
Artist or Maker: HAPPENING - VINKENOOG, Simon (Dutch 1928 - 2009) a.o.
Provenance: Private collection of Jan Cremer
Copy from the private collection of Jan Cremer, whose contribution probably is the first outburst of 'I Jan Cremer'. After debunking the idea of a Dutch 'aftrekseltje' of the foreign examples brings an 'Ode aan mij'. The title of the happening combined the death of Queen Mother Wilhelmina and the title of 'Open het dorp', the legendary broadcast appeal catapulting Mies Bouwman to stardom. Famous sixties document, very early, preceding the first Provo publications by more than two years.
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