The Temporary Museum Amsterdam programme runs parallel to Art Amsterdam and links the various contemporary art institutions. This year, the project is connected to My Name Is Spinoza and has been designed by the Sandberg Institute’s master’s students in design. The students have turned their attention to the political side of art.
Baruch de Spinoza is said to have been the modern era’s first political thinker; he called himself a democrat and openly expressed his preference for the democratic state. According to him, the true state is one that offers liberty to everyone, even – or perhaps especially – those who think differently, practice other religions or express conflicting ideas. Some call Spinoza the founder of our democracy. But is that democracy still stable today?