Centraal Museum

Annex: John Akomfrah

Until 11 September from 11:00 to 17:00

Exhibition

During The healthy city, Centraal Museum proudly presents the Europian premier of Five Murmurations. The film is British filmmaker and artist John Akomfrah’s (1957) newest work.

###Five Murmurations### Five Murmurations is a highly contemporary portrait of a turbulent time: a worldwide crisis in which the Covid pandemic coincided with the death of George Floyd, the events surrounding the Black Lives Matters protests, and the tearing down of historical statues. As Akomfrah wrote: “It felt like there were almost two pandemics, overlapping, jostling and clashing with each other”. Both events had a worldwide impact and deeply influenced both individual lives and the collective consciousness. A sense of being under threat seems to have spread throughout the world community, and the future feels more uncertain than ever.

###Swarms### A comprehensive archive of images, shot and gathered over a period of 18 months, merges together in a new black-and-white montage spread across three screens. The work comprises five chapters, which Akomfrah refers to as ‘murmurations’, after the dynamic formations taken by flocks of birds to defend against birds of prey. A soundscape, designed by Akomfrah in collaboration with a number of composers, poetically weaves the film parts together.

###Akomfrah### Akomfrah is one of today’s most prominent artists. Born in Ghana as the son of an important political activist, and with a youth spent in England, his work addresses urgent geopolitical issues. Themes include Black identity, slavery, imperialism and the demons from the past, and the destruction of the natural environment. Akomfrah has had solo exhibitions in leading venues such as the MoMa, Tate Britain and The New Museum in New York. The Guardian describes Akomfrah as “one of the UK’s most pioneering film-makers [whose] poetic works have grappled with race, identity and post-colonial attitudes for over three decades.”

Visitor information

Access

Included in the museum ticket.

Netherlands Museum Pass valid

Date

Until 11 September from 11:00 to 17:00

August 2022
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
1
8
15
22
29
Time options on 2 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 3 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 4 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 5 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 6 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 7 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 9 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 10 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 11 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 12 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 13 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 14 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 16 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 17 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 18 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 19 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 20 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 21 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 23 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 24 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 25 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 26 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 27 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 28 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 30 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 31 August 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
September 2022
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
5
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30
Time options on 1 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 2 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 3 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 4 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 6 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 7 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 8 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 9 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 10 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00
Time options on 11 September 2022:
  • 11:00 - 17:00

Location

Centraal Museum

Agnietenstraat 3
3512 XA Utrecht
Plan route Plan route

030 - 23 62 362

Open today from 11:00 until 17:00

Opening hours next week
Day Opening hours
Thu - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon Closed
Tue 11:00 - 17:00
Overview of opening hours

Discover more