A day of culture at De Hoge Veluwe

On Wednesday July 6 Jannet de Goede, Conservator Research, received us at the Kröller-Müller Museum. She showed us different exhibition spaces, the founding history of the museum and the current vision of the organisation. She also told us about the way they develop collection presentations. They strive to create large, crowd-pulling exhibitions, which come from the collection. At this moment there are two exhibitions on display: about sculptor Leo Vroegindeweij (available until August 28th) and ‘Nature Bases’ (available until November 13th) with new work in the sculpture garden of Pierre Huyghe.  

Besides the temporary exhibitions, the museum has a permanent collection, the sculpture garden and a magnificent stairs worth visiting. The Kröller-Müller Museum is unique in every season! After visiting the Kröller-Müller Museum we rode biked through the beautiful forest to the Jachthuis Sint Hubertus. We were given a tour through the impressive Jachthuis, which was designed to perfection by mr. Berlage, in order by the Kröller-Müller pair. The beautiful glazed bricks, ironwork, and glass play an important role in the building. An identifying mark of this (art nouveau) style is the decoration being submissive to the construction. After our visit to the Jachthuis, we finished the day wit a lovely diner at the Grand Café Kruller in Otterlo.

Text: Elza van den Berg 07-07-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser  

The best lunch ever

It is a special day because on Wednesday 28 June we are having lunch at food designer Chloé Rutzerveld. She takes us in her world full of technical facts and artistic ideas. Did you know that carbs are digested in your mouth, proteins in your stomach and fat in your duodenum? With her project ‘Anders Eten’ (Digestive Food) she designed special foods. She also shows that you can dance with a leek and vegetables are a lot like people. In our exhibition ‘Dinging with the artist’, opening on August 26th, you will understand what this means. So much fun!

Besides her inspiring stories Chloe makes delicious culinary appetizers. This will be a so-called pumpkin food scape: the pumpkin is processed different ways and presented as a piece of art. With each dish we all are enjoying the food. A salad with marinated pumpkin seeds, chips made from pumpkin and cheese from pumpkin seeds. Humus made of pumpkin, pumpkin out of the oven with rosemary and half frozen raw vegan tart, which contains dates, coconut and almonds. We are looking forward to our next meeting!

Text: Dorine de Bruijn 02-07-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Meeting the business director of the Rijksmuseum

On Wednesday June 22 business director Erik van Ginkel received us at the Rijksmuseum office. Erik van Ginkel filled this position at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen five years prior to being appointed at the Rijks Museum. Erik van Ginkel originally was a jurist and after working at two cultural funds, landed in the museum sector. During the conversation Erik speaks with a lot of passion and tells anecdotes about his work, whereby he is responsible for the business and financially related management of the museum. He spends a lot of time on relation management, binding people and companies to the museum.

Erik van Ginkel is interested in our exhibition and asks us sharp questions such as: How did we come up with the concept? From which framework did we expand the exhibition plan? Are our ideas to much limited by a lack of money/time? How did we start with finding funding? How is our planning when it comes to setting up the exhibition? With these question, practical matters are being discussed which we can use with setting up the exhibition. He has given us an inspiring way of thinking about our own exhibition and de plans we will execute the coming two months building up to the opening on August 26th.

Text: Denise Heijtel 23-06-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Het Nieuwe Instituut

On Wednesday June 15the we travelled down to Rotterdam to take a backstage look at Het Nieuwe Insituut. This museum started in 2013 by a merger between multiple institutions in the area of architecture, design and digital culture. Floor van Spaendock (Senior Policy and Actuality) showed us around through the beautiful building and told us enthusiastically about the exhibition policy. At this moment there are three exhibitions about three different angles with the theme: the Olympic Games.

1.           ‘Control Syntax Rio’ is a 3-d printed model of the city Rio. This installation shows how the Olympic city within the Centro de Operacoes Roi is approached as a matric of possible calamities and eventual decisions. It is very special to experience such a large city so closely and experience the organization behind it.

2.           ‘Munich 1972’ shows, with help from text, video images, clothing and sound fragments the story of the design strategy of the organisers of the 1972 Olympic Games. Host West Germany wanted to present itself to the world as a modern, democratic and cultural aware nation. This image completely changed when eleven members of the Black September-organisation took the opportunity to take the Israeli team hostage. 

3.           ‘The Life Fair’ shows the large influence of technology on our body. Commercial products, services and scenarios are visible and can help people to achieve the ideal self.

Text: Denise Heijtel 23-06-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Help, A divide in the group

On Wednesday May 18th we were received by Saskia van der Kroeg, Coordinator Curational Programme of the Appel arts centre. This program is organized annually and offers an intensive educational program to a group of promising international exhibition makers. It was great to talk to the makers because of the similarities to our program. Saskia told us that the most important thing for the selection of the candidates is that they can work together. And did this succeed this year?  

Asep Topan (Indonesia) and Jussi Koitela (Finland) enthusiastically speak about ‘You must make your death public’ on the first floor, where the question; what actually is crisis is asked. The exposition is directly related to the situation in which the centre found itself after the forced exit of director Lorenzo Benedetti. Jussi reluctantly admits to having a crisis in their group. Since this enhanced the theme, the group decided to make this into a double exhibition: ‘Untitled (two takes on a crisis)’.  

On the second floor we see a totally different exhibition where Alessandra Troncone (Italy) shows us around. She explains the title. The message is that people can spin an impossible situation, Rien ne va plus, around, Faites vos jeux. Different methods of dealing with a crisis are shown. The divide is a fact.

Text: Anna Marieke Nooitgedagt 19-06-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

020 Amsterdam goes to 010 Rotterdam

On Wednesday June 1st we went to Rotterdam, where we visited the Wereldmuseum and the exhibition ‘AFRIKA 010’ with freelance conservator Paul Faber. Paul was asked to make an Africa exhibition after exciting times in the museum whereby almost the entire Africa collection was sold to Dubai.  

‘AFRIKA 010’ is from, for and in Rotterdam. This exhibition makes clear how Africa is joined with the city and its people. We travel along the sea-lanes of the merchant navy, we see the objects, which were brought back and later on bought by the museum as aesthetic pieces. This brings us to contemporary art. The Rotterdam artist Meschac Gaba (Benin, 1961) had hairdresser in Benin make wigs, which are inspired by the skyscrapers of Rotterdam. You will also find ten group portraits of the Rotterdamse Afrikaanse Vereniging made by Linda Malherbe and Joop Reijngoud of Verhalenhuis Belvédère.  

After visiting the Wereldmuseum we went to visit TENT Rotterdam, an exhibition space for contemporary art. Here the educator Judith Vorwerk took us through the exhibition ‘Utopian Dreams’. In this exhibition artist and architects exhibit old fantasies and new ideas of the future, for the city of Rotterdam.  

From the 19th century to the 21st century in one day. A day that seamlessly follows our own exhibition. Do you want to get inspired by these beautiful exhibitions, read about the programs, education and events on the websites.

Text: Mila Pafort 02-06-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting Huis Marseille Museum of Photography

On Wednesday May 11th Nanda van den Berg, Director of Huis van Marseille, welcomed the participants to Huis Marseille. Nanda took the participants on a tour through the museum and she told an inspiring story about the development of the first photo museum in Amsterdam (since 1991) throughout the years. Nanda shared with us the process of developing an exhibition in a historic building. We found this very educational, especially because our exhibition will be on display in a historic building as well. Huis Marseille (located at Keizersgracht 401) expanded the museum with a neighbouring building in 2013. With this expansion the museum exist out of fourteen exhibition spaces. Each year the museum develops four exhibitions. The museum’s current exhibition ‘Une Femme’, is curated by Jeroen Robert Kramer (former war photographer). A special exhibition, which tells the visitor, a story about an old man in Beirut (Lebanon), without knowing whom this man exactly is.

Discover Huis Marseille and its special exhibition ‘Une Femme’, full of stories, poetry and mystique! The exhibition is available till June 5th.

Text: Elza van den Berg 15-05-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting the Kossman.dejong

After visiting Huis Marseille on Wednesday May 11th we went to visit Herman Kossmann of the exhibition and interior bureau Kossmann.dejong. The bureau, located in Amsterdam, was founded in 1998 and since has the following goal: ‘Designing meaningful environments which inspire, touch visitors emotional and leave a lasting impression’.  Herman Kossmann, originally an architect, has been designing spaces, which have a narrative strength for twenty years. With his presentation Herman Kossmann took us enthusiastically through his approach, the usage of media and the spatial narratives of the exhibitions, which Kossmann.dejong has designed over the years. Hermann also went in depth on the medium of exhibiting. An exhibition is a layered medium, with multiple perspectives. It is a place where people come together en all senses interact.   

For all of us it was an educational afternoon with inspiring stories about different exhibitions. Take a look in the creative world of Kossmann.dejong on their website, to see which special projects they have created.

Text: Elza van den Berg 15-05-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser  

Visiting the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The exterior of the architecture of the Amsterdamse School is still visible in Amsterdam. The insides were visible during the visit to the exhibition ‘Wonen in de Amsterdamse School’ at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This exhibition has dark blow ups of pictures with a variety of elements from the expressive interiors of the Amsterdamse School. The emphasize is on the large wealth of shapes: surprising furniture, expressive sculptures and virtuoso graphic designs. All of his is highlighted by the excessive design of the exhibition with enlarged details and large exhibition hall titles in a specially designed fantasy fond. Pictures and projected film material are foreseen with the historical context.  

The Amsterdamse school had a very strong social ideal: everyone had the right to good and nice housing; a lot of attention was paid to the beautiful workers houses. Variation of the brick masonry and playful sculptural details helped to bring back the experience to human scale for the larger housing buildings. The social ideal was overthrown by the emphasis on the aesthetics by for example the Scheepvaarthuis and the private villas. Because all the interior elements are displayed in a museum, the experience of the unity of architecture and decoration, which the Amsterdamse School wanted to realise, is nowhere to be found- also a reason to visit the buildings for yourself.  

Text: Daniël Loos 08-05-2016 Translation Joyce Visser   

Visiting the Oude Kerk and the Van Gogh Museum pop-up location

On Wednesday April 20th Jacqueline Grandjean, director of the Oude Kerk received us at the Oude Kerk. The Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam, located at the heart of the Red Light District. The Oude Kerk was in bad shape after World War 2, but after decades of restorations, brought back to its former glory. Since 2012 the Oude Kerk has an exhibition program. Twice per year the Oude Kerk invites an artist to create art. This program had delivered some high profile projects such as the recent Number sixteen, the present moment by Guido van der Werve and the temporary roof terrace by Taturo Atzu last summer. After the inspiring speech from Jacqueline, we went to the Van Gogh Museum Pop-up location. You can shamelessly look inside through the old “Peeskamertjes”. These spaces are transformed into style rooms, where history and present time of prostitutions is pictured in an inspiring way. Make sure to visit the website of where you can take a look through the other side of the window!

Text: Teunis Ruiten 22-04-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting Lisse Arts Center (Keukenhof)

On Wednesday April 13th, we went to visit the Keukenhof Estate in Lisse. The Vandenbroek Foundation is currently busy with the construction of the Lisser Art Museum (LAM). A museum is build from a blank canvas. Sietske van Zanten gave us a preview and took us inside the process of building a brand new museum, answering questions such as: How do you construct a new museum? How do you construct a collection? What story will you tell? Do we or do we not need text signs? The LAM must become an accessible museum for a broad audience. For this reason there will be no entrance fees. The collection is beginning to take shape and will become an inspiring collections of art pieces which link to themes such as food and consumption. The LAM is trying to push boundaries. Several disciplines from different directions will be represented such as painting, video art and installations. The LAM will not pursue an active exhibition program, but will display the museums permanent collection in different compositions. The visitor experience is just as important as the art historical context. The LAM opens for audience in 2017. There is a steady base, but a lot has to be filled in. I am very curious how the pieces will be presented eventually and if the museum succeeds in being an accessible museum for a broader audience. The enthusiasm will not stand in their way to succeed that is for sure!

Text: Florentine Lodeizen 15-04-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting the Frans Hals Museum

The participants of the training program ‘Art of making Art Exhibitions’ have visited the Frans Hals Museum and the Teylers Museum in Haarlem on Wednesday February 17th. The day began with a conversation with Ann Demeester, director of the Frans Hals Museum (and De Hallen). Ann Demeester enthusiastically told us about the art industry and answered all of our questions. For over two years Anne is the director of the Frans Hals Museum (this collection exists of art works of the 16th century and its annexe, De Hallen (which houses the modern collections of the museum). With its exhibitions the museum work a lot with trans historicity: objects from different periods of time and cultural contexts are displayed together instead of following the art historical timeframe). This is an interesting development, which allows visitors to get a new view on objects and collections of museums. Following the conversation we visited the exhibition ‘Ik zie, Ik zie’. This exhibition makes the visitor look at objects with an aid. A binocular, a magnifying glass or lamps are used to attract the attention of the visitor to special details, which normally are missed. We thought it was a valuable layer added to the exhibition and teaches you look more aware to an art piece.

Text: Denise Heijtel 11-04-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting Teylers Museum in Haarlem

After visiting the Frans Hals Museum we went down the road, to visit the Teylers Museum. In this special museum, dating 1784, Art and Science melt together. Teylers Museum is the first and the eldest museum of the Netherlands, with an (almost) authentic 18th century museum interior. The different halls display physics instruments, painting from 1780-1930, and in authentic display cabinets, fossils, minerals, tokens and coins. Teylers Museums also has an exhibition hall that displays changing exhibitions consisting of art and science. Terry van Druten, curator of the exhibitions, gave us a tour of the museum. We also saw spaces, which are not accessible for the audience. Every space is overwhelming; especially the Book cabinet (library) left an impression. The library contains the nature historical books and scientific books/magazines. A special space, where the smell of old books meets you when you enter. So when you find yourself in Haarlem, be sure to visit this gem of a museum.

Text: Denise Heijtel 11-04-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)

On Wednesday March 16th we travelled to Maastricht to visit the Art and Antiques fair TEFAF (The European Fine Art fair). At this edition, 275 galleries exhibited pieces from the old masters, antiques, contemporary art, photography, and design and paper art. This is the place where all the museums and larger art collectors buys their pieces. Besides the collectors art lovers come to visit the fair, be impressed by all the beauty and enjoy what the fair has to offer. Even we where impressed by all the beauty the fair has to offer. Not only the art, but also the stands where beautiful: every detail was thought of and with every step you take, you find yourself wandering to another world. For our own exhibition we looked at food still lives and pieces of art, which are related to food. Beside we noticed that Hendrik Willem Mesdag was well represented at the fair. In the afternoon we where guided through the fair by Edwin Beckers, Head Curator at Art of making Art Exhibition, at the Van Gogh Museum, showing us all the highlight of the fair. Edwin also showed us pieces, which would be an interesting addition to the museums collections. All-in all this was an inspiring and interesting day through the history of art.

Text: Denise Heijtel 11-04-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser

Visiting the Groninger Museum

On Wednesday February 10th we visited the popular (and mostly sold out) exhibition ‘David Bowie is’ at the Groniger Museum. After cities as London, Paris and Berlin this exhibition on the career of the British pop star, was available in Groningen. An exhibition full of music, stories, costumes, pictures and special fragments which the visitor could experience with a headphone on. After visiting the exhibition we spoke with director of the Groninger Museum, Andres Blühm. Andres Blühm old us that the museum did not expected to be so successful and people from all over the world would visit Groningen. In the beginning the museum has to switch gears to initiate the visits in good order. After the death of David Bowie in December 2015 the museum choose to open its doors on Monday for the public (normally the museum is closed on Mondays). The exhibition in the Groninger museum and the city of Groningen are put on the map. The city’s brand awareness has been enlarged enormously. Hopefully the city can remain attracting people to travel to the North of the Netherlands for a day.

Text: Denise Heijtel 11-04-2016 Translation: Joyce Visser