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Bakunin’s Barricade


Frist version
Eindhoven 2015
a  barricade inspired by Bakunin’s never realized proposal in 1849 using works from the Van Abbemuseum’s Collection: El Lissitzky, Proun P23, No. 6, 1919
Oskar Kokoschka, Augustusbrucke Dresden, 1923
Pablo Picasso, Nature morte à la bougie, 1945
Fernand Leger, Une Chaise, un pot de fleurs,  1951
Asger Jorn, Le monde Perdu, 1960
Ger van Elk, Adieu IV, 1974
Rene Daniels, Grammofoon, 1978
Marlene Dumas, The View, 1992

A loan contact, prepared in collaboration with a lawyer, stipulates that the barricade may be requested and deployed during extreme economic, social, political, transformative moments and social movements. 
view from Van Abbemuseum.

Dutch  edition courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
In 1849 when Prussian troops tried to defeat the socialist insurgency in Dres- den revolutionary anarchist Mikhail Bakunin suggested placing paintings from the National Museum’s collection in front of the barricades, speculating Prussian soldiers wouldn't dare destroy the works and therefore pass the barricade. Inspired by Bakunin’s never realized proposal Ogut has created a barricade using works from the Van Abbe’s collection. A document stipulates that the barricade may be requested and deployed by activists during future social uprisings.


With thanks to: Milieustraat Eindhoven, Cure Afvalbeheer

Bakunin’s Barricade in Oberlin Ohio, USA, 2022
Including works from the Allen Memorial Art Museum by David Wojnarowicz, Eva Hesse, Nisse Zetterberg, Kiki Smith, Alfredo Jaar, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Raquelín Mendieta, Doris Salcedo, Horace Pippin and Sol LeWitt.

Bakunin’s Barricade in Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum in 2020. Artworks including Nan Goldin, Nan one month after being battered, 1984; Kazimir Malevich, Supremus nr. 50, 1915; Käthe Kollwitz, Ruht um Frieden seiner Hände, 1935; Else Berg, Twee vrouwen, 1935; PINK de Thierry, Tea-time I, 1986; Marlene Dumas, Martha – Sigmund’s Wife, 1984; Pieter Engels, Strike Project Visualization of an Inactivity Period of Pieter Engels March 1 1971-..... Pieter Engels ‘Death’, 1971; Jan Th. Kruseman, Buurtje te Brussel, date unknown; 4 out of 17 parts from Timo Demollin's work Visit (1883–2020), 2020.

Dutch  edition courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Bakunin’s Barricade, Kunsthal Charlottenborg version, 2017, this version included works from the Royal Art Academy's collection: Miro, Joan: Mujer en el Espejo (1956) Jorn, Asger: Uden titel/No title Vöge, Winnie: Uden titel/No title (1982) Ljungkrantz, Ulla: Uden titel/No title (1980) Willumsen, Jens Ferdinand: Uden titel/No title (1917) Nielsen, Palle: Uden titel/No title (1955) Goya, Francisco: Modo de volar /One way to fly (1815 – 1823) Goya, Francisco: Disparate pobre/Folly of poverty (1815 – 1823) Ono, Yoko, Clock Piece (1963)

Bakunin’s Barricade, Museum Ludwig, Köln, 2016
Bakunin’s Barricade in Cologne in 2016 included works from Museum Ludwig: Oskar Kokoschka, Ansicht der Stadt Köln vom Messeturm aus, 1956; Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, Frau mit Mädchen, 1933; Marie Clémentine Valadon, Frauenbildnis, 1929; Endre Tót, Franz Marc, Rinder, 2000; Andy Warhol, Portrait of Peter Ludwig, 1980; Heinrich August Hussmann, Portrait Dr. Haubrich, 1949; Hans-Jörg Mayer, Ohne Titel, 1994; Aleksej Georgievic Javlensky, Märchenprinzessin mit Fächer, 1912.

Bakunin’s Barricade, Kunstverein Dresden, 2018
The works included from the collections of Kunstverein Dresden members are by Antje Blumenstein, Markus Draper, Slawomir Elsner, Leon Golub, Edmund Kesting, Thoralf Knobloch, Joep van Liefland, Cesare Pietroiusti, Nancy Spero, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Bakunin’s Barricade (Istanbul) 2016, this version included works from the Zeyno-Muhsin Bilge collection, bricks and other building materials, car tires, garbage containers, metal tubes, pieces of plywood, police fences, plastic tubes, scrap car, street lights, wooden stakes. Courtesy of the artist and Aslı and Ali Kerem Bilge. Including paintings by Aliye Berger, Şükriye Dikmen,Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Eren Eyüboğlu, Füreya Koral, Fikret Mualla, Wolf Vostell and Fahrelnissa Zeid.