1973-2006 - History strikes back - Part of The Collection Now


1973-2006 - History strikes back Part of The Collection Now

02/11/2013 - 30/04/2017
Curators: Christiane Berndes, Charles Esche, Diana Franssen

Third floor collection building


At the very top of the museum, three artists share an approach to the long span of history’s unfolding and the changing function of heritage. We see documents of a lost time reflecting the volatility of our existence, but also offering prospects for the future.

The Collection Now

Starting on 2 November 2013, the Van Abbemuseum presents a completely new narrative presentation of its collection. Entitled The Collection Now, the exhibition brings together artworks, archives, histories and relations in historical constellations that connect individual artworks to the social and political contexts in which they were made and exhibited. The works are spread over five floors, starting with a Picasso from 1909 and ending with works from 2013. Never before has the museum exhibited such a comprehensive selection with over 600 elements being brought together to tell stories of aesthetics, ethics and politics over the last 100 years. Besides giving attention to art from the last century, a significant part of the exhibition is devoted to art after 1989 and to new acquisitions not previously shown. The presentation can be seen for five years, but it is certainly not a static exhibition, there will be regular changes.

Spring 2017: changes in collection presentation

In the spring of 2017, the five floors of The Collection Now will change to new exhibitions with artworks from the Van Abbemuseum's collection. On the page 'collection under construction' you can find a overview of the changes in the collection building. This part of the Collection Now will be on display until 30 April 2017.