To officially open its new collection displays and to launch its three-year programme of exploration and transformation, the Van Abbemuseum is holding three days of activities, workshops and celebrations from 21 to 23 September 2017.
Together with L'Internationale, a confederation of six modern and contemporary art institutions, the Van Abbemuseum is working to de-modernise the museum, rearrange its permanent collections and alter the course of the museological canon. It is delighted to announce the launch of its three-year programme of exploration and transformation with the official opening of its new collection display during three days of activities, symposia and celebration.
As one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe, the
Van Abbemuseum has been looking at how the relationship of the museum with the public
can invite different forms of exchange and representation that better reflect current society.
To launch this programme, the Van Abbemuseum has transformed how its collection is displayed with two new exhibitions. The Making of Modern Art and The Way Beyond Art showcase the collections from completely different perspectives, inviting different forms of exchange and representation that better reflect a society struggling to find balance with the remnants of colonial history and current geopolitical tensions around economy and migration. Concepts such as identity, history, locatedness, politics, inequality, decolonisation, de-modernisation and (de)centralisation are explored in the three exhibition spaces at the Van Abbemuseum by curators Christiane Berndes, Charles Esche, Loes Janssen and Steventen Thije, with exhibition design by Can & Asli Altay (Future Anecdotes Istanbul).
The Making of Modern Art, The Way Beyond Art and Werksalon officially open during
the Van Abbemuseum Opening Weekend, where the opening of the new collection display
is combined with a three-day programme of activities and symposia to kick off the
museum’s three-year plan for exploration and transformation.
Deviant Research (21 September): A symposium that explores the culmination of the deviant practice research programme. Its first group of researchers will present their findings, drawing on the collection, archives and constituencies of the museum. Collections in Transition: Decolonising, Demodernising, Decentralising? (22 September): Organised by L’Internationale, the symposium offers an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by art institutions on collecting and presenting art in times of globalisation and mass migration. Official Opening: Using the Museum (23 September): An all-day, all-night event to celebrate the official opening of the Collection Building and the launch of the Werksalon with guided tours, a special edition of Young Art Night, and much more.
Find out more about September's exhibitions, projects and workshops being held this autumn online now.