Be[com]ing Dutch is a two-year project developed both inside and outside the Van Abbemuseum, which consists of debates, reading groups, artist's projects, exhibitions, residencies, and forms of collective participation and production.
For more information www.becomingdutch.com.
As questions of cultural identity and normative 'national' values become ever more of an issue in political and cultural debate, Be[com]ing Dutch asks whether art can offer alternative examples of thinking about how we can live together today. Be[com]ing Dutch seeks to put our ideas of cultural identity under pressure and examine the process of inclusion and exclusion in the world today.
BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Gate Archive, Eindhoven
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
Insa Art Space, Seoul
Museum Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Stichting InterArt, Arnhem
Public Preparation, Tallinn
In 2006 the Van Abbemuseum was announced as winner of the Development Prize for Cultural Diversity by the Mondriaan Foundation for their plan Be[com]ing Dutch. A total of nine plans were submitted by thirteen institutions. The Van Abbemuseum project will concentrate on Eindhoven and the region as a place where multiculturalism is practiced on an everyday basis.