NO27 Insignien der Macht

Gerard van Lankfeld
Goldstein Galerie

2 November – 16 December 2017

Under the title No27 Insignien der Macht, the Goldstein Gallery is showing works by Dutch artist Gerard van Lankveld from November 2 to December 16, 2017. Orb, sceptre, musket, clock, organ, all kinds of apparatus and architectural miniatures will be on display in the gallery. All these objects appear as testimonies to the utopian state of Monera Carko’s Vlado, founded by Gerard van Lankveld.

Gerard van Lankveld

The beginnings of Gerard van Lankveld (*1947 in Gemert, Netherlands) Monera’s empire go back to his youth. At that time he was stigmatized as an “outsider” by his peers and the environment because of his differences. Rejected and exposed to ridicule, he began to resist: In May 1967 he declared his own state, which declared war on the established order. One year after independence, the country received its own flag. In it, the colour red stands for the effort in the struggle, white for hope and enlightenment, green for peace and tranquillity. Georgius Macropedius, the Latin name of the Dutch humanist Joris Lankvelt (1487-1558), who was also born in Gemert, became the ideal patron of the empire.

The name Monera was given to Gerard van Lankveld’s enclave in 1976 and is composed of several allusions: “moira” is the Greek word for fate, “fate expected me to proclaim the state”, “moneron” means isolation, “I fight the battle alone” and the Latin “monere” – to remind or to remind – refers to being on the right track. Since 1995, the state has been called Monera Carkos Vlado, with Carkos standing for emperor and Vlado for government power.

The clocks, miniatures of monuments, ships, airplanes and architectural elements are all part of this highly humanistic Monera empire. It is created and grows in a permanent creative process from the objects created by Gerard Lankveld; it is both real and ideal living space.1

1 On Gerard van Lankveld see: Thon Thelen (ed.), Monera Carko’s Vlado. Gerard van Lankveld, Foundation Monera, 2005.

A conversation between Jakob Hoffmann and the Austrian director (among others) Paul Poet on 23 November provides insights into the diverse life within organized enclaves outside the traditional state order. Paul Poet has dealt with the idea of an arbitrary alternative way of life in a catchy way – in his film Empire me (2013) he is on the trail of this and visited six micro-national states.


Thursday, November 23rd
These Foolish Things – Mikrostaaten – Gegenwelten
The director Paul Poet (“Empire me”) in conversation with Jakob Hoffmann

Wednesday, December 13
Moneric evening
Tea, pastries, films