GENERAL IDEA 1969-1994


intro solo exhibitions group exhibitions video exhibitions performances collections awards

Selected Video Exhibitions and Broadcasts

The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things

, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program

, Berlin, Germany

The image is a virus. Histories of Cinema 1980-1990s – Session 2. Parodies of the Subject, 1980s Television Proposals

, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid, Spain

Indiana University Libraries

, Bloomington, USA


Vidéo vintage

(touring exhibition organized by Centre Pompidou, Paris, France) ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medietechnologie), Karlesruhe, Germany (2012-13); Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2013); Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2013); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2013); Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014);


Vidéo vintage

, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Momentarily Learning from Mega-Events

, Makan, Amman, Jordan

Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video, Long Beach Museum of Art

, Long Beach, USA


General Idea: Film and Videos, 1969-85

part of

Queer Cinema from the Collection: Today and Yesterday

, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada

Postmodernism: A video programme

, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada

ARGOS Centre for Art and Media

, Brussels, Belgium


Changing Channels: Kunst und Fernsehen 1963-1987 / Art and Television 1963-1987

, MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig), Vienna, Austria

Are You Ready for TV?

MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain CGAC (Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporánea), Santiago de Compostela, Spain


General Idea

, Filmwinter Stuttgart, Stuttgart, GERMANY

General Idea

, Tate Modern, London, UNITED KINGDOM


Toronto Xchange Club

, Ocularis, Brooklyn, USA


30 Jaar: Nederlandse Videokunst

, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam

Eternal Network: Videos from the Western Front Archives 1973-2001

, (touring exhibition):
The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada; Video Pool, Winnpeg, Canada; Vidéographe, Montréal, Canada

Art Star: Video Art Biennial

, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada


Video Acts: Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust

, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA


Video Time

, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


Fragile Electrons: Celebrating Twenty Years of Collecting Video Art - Videotapes from the Art Metropole Collection

, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, CANADA


Documenta X

, Kassel, GERMANY

Video Plaza

, Monte Video, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS


General Idea

, World Wide Video Center, Den Haag, THE NETHERLANDS


The Sequel: Shut the Fuck Up

, installation at 5e Semaine Internationale de Video, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Videotapes by General Idea

, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, CANADA


General Idea

, Taormina Arte Video, Taormina, ITALY


General Idea

, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, GERMANY


Shut the Fuck Up

(Spanish Television broadcast), SPAIN


Test Tube, Cornucopia, Shut the Fuck Up

(Dutch Television broadcast), THE NETHERLANDS

Video as Television

, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

General Idea Video Retrospective

, Images '89 Festival, Toronto, CANADA


Japan 87 International Video Television Festival

, SPIRAL, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, JAPAN

Documenta 8

, Kassel, GERMANY


Video Viewpoints

, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


General Idea Retrospective

, International Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, CANADA

Talking Back to the Media

(festival), Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Test Tube

(television broadcast), Much Music, Toronto, CANADA


  • Second Link - Viewpoints on Video in the Eighties

    (touring exhibition): Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, CANADA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS; A Space, Toronto, CANADA; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, USA; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UNITED KINGDOM; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, JAPAN; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JAPAN; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Hokkaido, JAPAN; Education and Cultural City of Sapporo, Sapporo, JAPAN; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, JAPAN; The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, JAPAN


    Prime Time Video

    (television broadcast), Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, CANADA

    New Narratives for Livingroom Viewing

    , Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CANADA

    Documenta 7

    , Kassel, GERMANY


    Portopia International Video Festival

    (award-winner), Kobe, JAPAN

    San Francisco Video Festival

    (broadcast), San Francisco, USA


    (broadcast), WNED-TV, Buffalo, USA

    Video Video

    , Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, CANADA


    Venice Biennale

    , Canadian Pavilion, Venice, ITALY

    Test Tube

    , Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, CANADA


    Colour Bar Lounge

    , Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

    Video Weeks Essen

    , Museum Folkwang, Essen, GERMANY


    In Video

    (touring exhibition), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CANADA; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, CANADA; Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, CANADA

    Another Dimension

    , National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, CANADA

    High Profile

    (slowscan transmission between the CN Tower and Video Inn), Toronto and Vancouver, CANADA

    Video Open

    (cablecast), Calgary, CANADA

    Artists and the Media

    , Graz, AUSTRIA

    Towards an Audience Vocabulary

    ( cablecast), Toronto, CANADA

    Open Line

    (slowscan transmission between cities), Toronto, New York, Memphis, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria, CANADA and USA



    (television broadcast), OECA TV Ontario, Toronto, CANADA

    Xth Biennale des Jeunes

    , Musée d'art moderne, Paris, FRANCE


    Projects Video VIII

    , Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

    Forum '76,

    Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, CANADA

    Video International

    , Aarhus, DENMARK

    Festival Calgary,

    Parachute Centre, Calgary, CANADA


    Video Art

    (touring exhibition), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA; Contemporary Art Centre, Cincinatti, USA;
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA;
    Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA


    Project '74

    , Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, GERMANY


    , Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CANADA


    Light-On Documentation

    , Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, CANADA


    Exposé –A Video Device,

    (video installation), A Space, Toronto, CANADA