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Neanderthals knew quite a lot about art

Nathaniel Mellors is one of the funniest artists whose work is on show at Art Rotterdam. No moving painting, no coarse-grained fluid slides and no Arnoud Mik either: Mellor's latest work: The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview, is well-acted comedy about a serious intellectual subject: the art world. Building on the discovery that Neanderthals were not at all the primitive bat-wielding losers we have long held them to be, here a contemporary interviewer is told by a wayward Neanderthal that Sporgo is the be-all and end-all in art, and that you are in danger of being booted out of the scene (E-den) if you are not Sprogo enough.

Mellors has a sense of humour, and so you can see from the installation elsewhere in the Van Nelle Factory, where the same Neanderthal as a puppet hurls some more one-liners into the world. Not very Sporgo, but fun.

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Wijbrand Schaap

Cultural journalist since 1996. Worked as theatre critic, columnist and reporter for Algemeen Dagblad, Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Rotterdams Dagblad, Parool and regional newspapers through Associated Press Services. Interviews for TheaterMaker, Theatererkrant Magazine, Ons Erfdeel, Boekman. Podcast maker, likes to experiment with new media. Culture Press is called the brainchild I gave birth to in 2009. Life partner of Suzanne Brink roommate of Edje, Fonzie and Rufus. Search and find me on Mastodon.View Author posts

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