In this section you can find  Book(s) and articles from me and Elizabeth Amisu.

Karin is the author of the academic book, ‘A festive parade of highlights, La Grande Parade as evaluation of the museum policy of Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.’ published with academic publisher Eburon. This landmark publication, currently exclusively available in Dutch, is the first of its kind that focuses solely on De Wilde and his tenure as the director of the Stedelijk. It is therefore an indispensable source for students and researchers on museum history and modern art in the twentieth century.

 

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‘A festive parade of highlights. La Grande Parade as evaluation of the museum policy of Edy De Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.’

Edy De Wilde was director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from 1963 to 1985. He was one of the most successful, influential and arguably, underrated museum directors in the world. Upon his retirement, he organised an exhibition entitled, ‘La Grande Parade’, which was the most visited exhibition of its kind in the twentieth century. It featured Modern artists: from Léger, Picasso and Matisse to Newman, Buren and Baselitz. Many of the works shown were loaned from private collections and museums all over the world and were displayed for the mainstream public for this sole occasion.
How do the selection of artworks compiled for ‘La Grande Parade’ inform us about exhibition and collection policy in general? In what way was the exhibition organised, and on what premise was it founded? In what ways does the exhibition ’20 Years of Collecting’ (Year) deviate from the ideal represented in ‘La Grande Parade’ and to what extent do they agree? Many art critics took this one exhibition as an opportunity to evaluate De Wilde’s museum policy as a whole, in ways that continue to shape how he is viewed. How did that reception contextualise him?
This book gives all the answers to these questions, and much much more, illustrated with floor-plans, the conceptualisation and several photos of the final exhibition. It is an indispensable source for students, researchers, and those who are interested in the reception of modern art in the Netherlands and the world, as well as those interested in the role of museums, and in particular, the role of the Stedelijk at this pivotal time in cultural history.
A filmed interview with the three most important collaborators of De Wilde from ‘La Grande Parade’, is available to view at the library of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

For The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, Karin wrote the article: From Throne to Wilderness. Michael Jacksons Stranger in Moscow and the Foucauldian Outlaw

and a book review on Dangerous by Susan FastThis review is also translated in German and Italian

Elizabeth Amisu is the author of the forthcoming bookDangerous Philosophies

 

The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife (Praeger, 2016)

An essential companion to Michael Jackson’s music, films, and books, this work offers 21 original, academic essays on all things Jackson-from film, music, and dance to fashion, culture, and literature.

A preview of two essays can be read here:

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Elizabeth Amisu is also the author of several novels.

The Sacerdos Mysteries

Book 1 – Sacerdos

Sacerdos Cover/ illustration

Sacerdos Cover/ illustration Karin Merx

 

 

Through a portal in the sea lies a place called Sacerdos, The Citi of the Priest. It is the home of the most powerful judges, lawmakers and soldiers in the world of Terra Magna. At the beginning of its rich history, the High Court in Sacerdos was built to keep secrets, but hundreds of years have passed and a girl called Caelara Teneo finds herself in the middle of a war she knew nothing about. Set in a vivid world, richly peopled with exotic characters and places, The Sacerdos Mysteries are a unique journey through the imagination.

 

 

Arcane Rising Cover/ Illustration

Arcane Rising Cover/ Illustration Karin Merx

 

Book 2 – Arcane Rising
Now seasoned in the art of war, Caelara Teneo is an Elite veteran in the place she calls home, Sacerdos. She has buried friends and said goodbye to lovers. However, the fabric of her world is about to unravel, as family, duty, and her very own life is challenged by the mystery of her blood. Set in a vivid world, richly peopled with exotic characters and places, The Sacerdos Mysteries are a unique journey through the imagination.

 

 

 

Waterblood Cover/ Illustration

Waterblood Cover/ Illustration Karin Merx

Book 3 – Waterblood
The third instalment of The Sacerdos Mysteries takes Caelara away from Sacerdos, the place she was born, for the sake of love and family. When everything she holds dear is destroyed, Caelara must pick up the pieces of her life, and harness the power that was within her all along. Now she must understand why the sea sings to her and why she cannot deny its call. Set in a vivid world, richly peopled with exotic characters and places, The Sacerdos Mysteries are a unique journey through the imagination.

 
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