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The sound of Monk’s singing is often described as ancient ent contemporary, and thus fits seamlessly with the Oude Kerk as both Amsterdam’s oldest building and place for contemporary art. The exhibition features her music, notations, scores and drawings, sound recordings and films, and a group of immersive installations, which translate themes and objects from her stage productions into new experiences. To complement the exhibition, Monk is developing a retrospective series of live concerts for the Oude Kerk that will allow a full experience of her oeuvre.
One of the defining characteristics of Monk’s compositions and performances is her highly distinctive use of the human voice. Monk is considered the great pioneer of interdisciplinary performance, the genre that emerged in New York’s artist community in the 1960s and ’70s. Her pioneering compositional work and performances have received numerous awards, including aNational Medal of Arts, the highest award in the United States diespecifi ek awarded for achievements in the arts.