Be[com]ing Dutch

research project

Be[com]ing Dutch

26/01/2007 - 31/12/2008
Curators: Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher


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.

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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.

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.

Project partners

BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
NSF, Cork
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Gate Archive, Eindhoven
Kosmose, 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
KKH, Stockholm
Public Preparation, Tallinn

Be[com]ing Dutch consists of :


Made possible in part by

  • Culture 2000 program
  • Stichting Doen