“Van Abbemuseum”

Li Mu at the Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of Chinese artist Li Mu, entitled “A Man, A Village, A Museum”. It opened on 9 September 2015 and will run until 10 January 2016. The exhibition consists of a video installation and book (A Man, A Village, A Museum) in which Mu presents the inhabitants of his hometown of Quizhuang in rural China with reproductions of many of the famous artworks in the collection at the Van Abbemuseum. He, along with the help of some of the villagers, reproduced artworks by, amongst others, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol and John Körmeling and exhibiting them in the streets and homes of the village.  The film and the book follow this project that took Mu over a year to complete, whilst also documenting the lives and stories of the villagers themselves. “A Man, A Village, A Museum” is on show on the second floor of the new building of the Van Abbemuseum as part of the collection exhibition “The Collection...

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“A Republic of Art” at Van Abbemuseum

From 27 June until 4 October 2015, the Van Abbemuseum museum, situated in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, is to host a collective exhibition of contemporary art from French regions, entitled “A Republic of Art”. “A Republic of Art” is an exhibition centred around the world of visual culture in the French republic from the 1980s until the present day. In order to trace this history, extraordinary works from 23 FRACs (Regional Contemporary Art Funds) will be brought together in order to reflect on how the world began to transform in response to political, technological, and cultural changes. Particular attention will be paid to the decade of the 1990s, as well as to an approach to art that would be known thereafter as “relational aesthetics”. Spread over ten rooms of the Van Abbemuseum, the exhibition’s selected works of art comprise more than a hundred pieces, occasionally raising essential questions concerning the extent to which art captures the spirit of a moment and to what extent the personal vision of an artist is linked with the collective memories of society....

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Jury for Theodora Niemeijer prize announced

Eindhoven, 26 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The jury for the second edition of the Theodora Niemeijer prize has been revealed. Making up the jury for the 2014 edition are Enrico Lunghi (director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam, Luxembourg), Irene Fortuyn (artist), Hans Aarsman (photographer and writer), Andrea Davina (advisor at the Stichting Niemeijer Fonds) and Christiane Berndes (curator of the Van Abbemuseum’s collection). The Theodora Niemeijer prize aims to encourage, support and recognise emerging female artists living and working in the Benelux and specialising in visual art. Taking place every two years, the prize is awarded to the artist who presents the best project for the Het Oog, an oval-shaped patio area in the Van Abbemuseum. The prizewinner is to use the space for six months, as well as receiving €10,000. The results are to be announced on 3...

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Van Abbemuseum becomes Museum of Arte Util

Eindhoven, 10 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). On Saturday, 7 December 2013, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven became the Museum of Arte Util, a place where “art’s use value and social function will be analysed”. The institution’s new Spanish name highlights the function of art as a tool or device. Case studies presented at the museum cover archives spanning nearly two centuries. Visitors are offered the chance to explore the beneficial outcomes of our actions in society. Visitors are asked questions such as: How do we “use” the museum? How can it become a site of production, and...

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Picasso in Palestine

Ramallah, 23 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). For the first time in the history of the West Bank, a key work by Picasso will be exhibited to the public at the Ramallah art museum. The event, which will be inaugurated on 24 June 2011, is the first of its kind in Palestine and necessitated careful organization. Buste de femme (1943) is on loan from the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and is the leading work in the “Picasso in Palestine” exhibition, which invites artists to compare their work to that of the Spanish artist, hereby creating a personal and contemporary vision of art. According to AFP, Khaled Horani, director of the International Art Academy of the city of Ramallah, said that the delivery of the masterpiece, until then safe in the Israeli West Bank, had been a logistical challenge. To ensure safe delivery, a group sent by the Eindhoven museum visited the territory several times to verify the security situation and check that the temperature and humidity levels of the museum were suitable. Horani stressed the historic nature of the exhibition and stated that there had been no problems passing through the checkpoints of the Israeli military. Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, added that this was a historic moment for Europe as well as for Picasso. He added that Buste de femme will become even more significant for having undertaken this journey and changed the history of...

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