The first presentation of 2000 was Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s Grossmut begatte mich. A few years earlier, in 1996, De Vleeshal had been the first arts institution to acquire one of Rist’s works.
In Grossmut begatte mich De Vleeshal became a projection screen. Images were projected on the rear and right-hand walls of the hall, where the typically Gothic niches and sculptures made the projection appear relieved, and from the top of the space onto the floor, making visitors seem to be part of the work.
The images projected were fragments of music videos, mixed with images reflecting Rist’s own perception of her environment. Accompanied by music by Chris Isaak, the images passing by were pervaded by an unabashedly girlish, almost sloppy sentimentality.