Zijn naam was Austerlitz/Austerlitz was his name

09.02.2022—03.04.2022

Béatrice Balcou, David Bestué, Pierre Bismuth, Pavel Büchler, Peggy Buth, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Jason Dodge, Marcel van Eeden, Aurélien Froment, Simon Fujiwara, Agnès Geoffray, Alexander Gutke, Ane Mette Hol, Sven Johne, Alexandra Leykauf, Chaim van Luit, Clare Noonan, Marzena Nowak, Paulien Oltheten, Moira Ricci, Jasper Rigole, Stéphanie Saadé, Mario García Torres, Oriol Vilanova, Tris Vonna-Michell

Curated by: Sam Steverlynck


Venue: A Tale of A Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44, 3027 TK Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Opening Times: Thursday to Sunday 13:00–18:00


Alexandra Leykauf, Untitled #10, 2014

Almost exactly coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the premature death of the influential German writer W.G. Sebald (1944 - 2001) on December 14, 2001, Tlön Projects is thrilled to announce the group exhibition Zijn naam was Austerlitz/Austerlitz was his name as a tribute to this literary giant. The exhibition is curated by the Belgian art critic/curator Sam Steverlynck with works from the imaginary collection of Tlön Projects and will take place in A Tale of A Tub in Rotterdam, as part of the yearly collaboration between Tlön Projects and A Tale of A Tub.

The exhibition takes W.G. Sebald’s masterpiece Austerlitz as a starting point to tackle some of the literary techniques and themes that are elaborated in this novel: the impossibility of communication, the unreliability of memories, the use of photography for evoking - or creating - memories and the unique combination of (historical) facts, autobiographical elements and fiction as a way of storytelling.

The works comprising the exhibition Zijn naam was Austerlitz/Austerlitz was his name originate from the following collections: Laurent Fiévet (France), Edgard F. Grima (France), G + W (The Netherlands), Joseph Kouli (France), Reyn van der Lugt (The Netherlands), plancius art collection (The Netherlands), Alexander Ramselaar (The Netherlands), Family Servais (Belgium), Veys-Verhaevert (Belgium) along with other collections that wish to remain anonymous.


Sam Steverlynck (1979) is a Brussels-based art critic and curator. He is currently curator for the 2nd year candidate laureates at HISK, Belgium. Together with the artist Dome Wood, he founded The Agprognostic Temple, a nomadic art space/Gesamtkunstwerk in Brussels, showing art dealing with spirituality in the broad sense of the term. For the Temple, Steverlynck curated two group shows (Scripted Truths with Ricardo Brey, Fia Cielen, Benjamin Husson, Felix Kindermann, Philippe Koeune, Shana Moulton, Isabel Tesfazghi, Lou Touchard, Filip Vervaet, 2020; Mirrored Infinities: Serene Blumenthal, James Lee Byars, Laurie Charles, Eric Croes, Sanam Khatibi, Joris Van de Moortel, Julien Saudubray, Oraura, Antoine Waterkeyn, McCloud Zicmuse, 2021) and two solo shows (The Warning by Nicolas Provost, 2020; Primordial Earth, The Beginnings by Léonard Pongo, 2021).

In 2018, he co-curated the exhibition One Thing Plus Another Thing or One Thing Minus Another Thing. That’s How Stories begin. with Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers for Tlön Projects in The Hague with work by Helena Almeida, Katinka Bock, Pavel Büchler, Heman Chong, Julien Crépieux, Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Jason Dodge, Omer Fast, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Christopher Knowles, Dominique Petitgand, Amalia Pica, Jimmy Robert, Yann Sérandour and Ian Whittlesea.

In 2015, he initiated a residency programme in the iconic 1958 villa by René Heyvaert in Destelbergen, Ghent, Belgium. Amongst the residents, architecten de vylder, vinck, taillieu, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, DD Trans, Filip Dujardin, Peter Swinnen, ...

In 2014, he curated the group exhibition A Simple Plan in a private villa in Kruiskerke, Belgium, designed by the architect Stéphane Beel with work by architecten de vylder vinck tailleu, Greet Billiet, Pierre Bismuth, DD Trans, René Heyvaert, Istvan Ist Huzjan, Honoré d’0, Gert Robijns and Willy De Sauter.