Demodernising the Collection: Opening Weekend

Foto: Marcel de Buck

Demodernising the Collection: Opening Weekend

21/09/2017 - 23/09/2017

From September 21–23, the Van Abbemuseum, together with its partners in the European museum confederation L'Internationale, opens a new three-year programme that sets out to demodernise the museum and its collection. The opening is marked by three days of debate, workshops and celebration. Thought of in conjunction with the need to decolonise, the demodern approach aims to undo the modern museums' focus on exclusivity, autonomy and separation, seeking to facilitate substantial re-readings of the modern canon combined with new user-driven programming.

Thursday 21 September: Deviant Researching

The culmination of the Deviant Practice research programme; researchers will present their findings, drawing on the collection, archives and constituencies of the museum.
The detailed programme of the Deviant Researching symposium.
Researchers: Brook Andrew, Yael Davids, Sara Giannini, Michael Karabinos, Charl Landvreugd, Petra Ponte, Susan Pui San Lok, Winnie Sze, Eimear Walshe, and Sebastian Cichocki, Kuba Szreder and Meg Down.
Organisation symposium: Nick Aikens, Veerle Driessen.

Friday 22 September: Collections in Transition: Decolonising, Demodernising and Decentralising?

A symposium organised by L’Internationale on collecting art in times of globalisation and mass migration. 
The programme for the Collections in Transition symposium.  
L'Internationale museum confederation consists of: Moderna Galerija Ljubljana; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MACBA, Barcelona; M HKA, Antwerp; SALT Istanbul / Ankara. Partners: Grizedale Arts; Liverpool John Moores University; School of Arts – KASK, Hogeschool Ghent en Universität Hildesheim.
Organisation seminar: Mariska ter Horst, Steven ten Thije.

Entrance tickets for Thursday and/or Friday (Sold out)

The price for a ticket for the Deviant Researching day on Thursday and the L'Internationale seminar on Friday is €25,00 per day (€15,00 per day for students). You can also buy a passe-partout for both days, for €40,00  (€25,00 for a student passe-partout).

Unfortunately, tickets are no longer available. Please contact Mariska ter Horst for questions on the reserve list for the Collections in Transition symposium on Friday.

Saturday 23 September:  Using the Museum

An all-day and night event for the official opening of the Collection Building with its exhibitions The Making of Modern Art and The Way Beyond Art and the Werksalon, a floor dedicated to mediation.

The programme during the day includes the launch of the Werksalon with our constituents, guided tours, the Children's Art Club, and more. Entrance to the museum is free during the day.
At night, we have a special TOP 10 edition of our Young Art Night.


More information about the programme for the three days and time schedule will follow. 

Demodernising the Collection: Opening Weekend consists of :


Made possible in part by


  • L'Internationale