The Van Abbemuseum
11/03/13 Domeniek Ruyters
According to Charles Esche, shrinking budgets for publicly owned museums are nothing new, rather the results of a development that has been under way for some time. Here is a conversation about the future of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
features 02.03.12 Domeniek Ruyters
Already in 2008 The Wall Street Journal wrote that major collectors would no longer be bequeathing their collections to museums in accepted 20th-century tradition – sometimes in exchange for a plaque with their names in a gallery – but preferred to keep their collections for museums they intended to build themselves. The future of the museum might be private. This is the introduction of the museum special in Metropolis M No 1-2012.
Deimantas Narkevičius (1964, Utena, Lithuania), last year’s winner of The Vincent Award and one of the most important artists from Eastern Europe, makes idiosyncratic comments upon the drastic changes that have overcome his country and region since the fall of the Wall. On the occasion of a big solo exhibition in the Van Abbe Museum, a talk with the man who is trained as a sculptor, but is primarily known for his video work.
21/12/06 Hinrich Sachs
How do you make a retrospective of an artist who swore his whole life by the once-only event? Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Van Abbemuseum are venturing on a survey of Allan Kaprow by means of both documentation and so called 're-inventions' in the spirit of the maker. This is not entirely without its problems.
History is evident in London-based Italian artist Enrico David's work, which recently was on view in the Van Abbemuseum. Yet he himself is not concerned with the past. He approaches his work without prejudice, and with a great love for detail. Alexis Vaillant travelled to London to find out what motivates him.
Subtle and deliberate, Richard Wright's wall drawings are characterized by an enduring elegance. The designs hover between op art, minimalism and the psychedelic with a modern touch, responding directly to contemporary culture and, more literally, to the architcture of the situation at hand. For his Dutch debut at the Van Abbemuseum, Anja Dorn spoke with Wright about tricky paradoxes, frescoes and other fascinations.