Francesca Grilli - Family - Part of The Collection Now

Familie Wesselink de Barrientos, gekozen voor het project 'Family' van Francesca Grilli. Photo Ron Eijkman
Francesca Grilli, Moth, 2009 - Photo Paolo Rapalino
Francesca Grilli, Variazioni per voce, 2012 - Photo Luis do Rosario
Francesca Grilli, Fe2O3 - Ossido Ferrico, 2013. 55ste Venetië Biënnale - Photo Alessandro Sala

Francesca Grilli - Family Part of The Collection Now

16:00 - 16:30
Curator: Christiane Berndes

vocal performance by three generations of one family

On Saturday 19 September at 16.00 is the first performance of the musical piece Family made by the Italian artist Francesca Grilli (1978, Bologna)and performed by the family Wesselink de Barrientos. The performance is based on works in the collection of the museum.

The performance that Grilli initiated is related to the collection exhibition The Collection Now and the architecture of the new building of the museum. For this performance she then went in search of a three-generation musical family linked to the city of Eindhoven.

The Wesselink de Barrientos family was selected following an open call and auditions. The  family comprises grandmother Anneke, mother Mirjam, father Rodrigo, and their son Gustavo. They range in age from 8 to 82 years. The family brings a musical ode to their favourite works in the collection. The performance is therefor not only about family bonds and a link to Eindhoven, it’s also about taste and personal choice.
What makes this project so special is that the performances will take place a total of eight times over a period of two years.

Grilli uses her documentation of the project as the starting point for an artwork that the museum will purchase, thereby immortalising the family’s voices in the collection.

Francesca Grilli

In her art projects Francesca Grilli regularly explores the world of sound together with singers. She works intensively with the performers of the pieces to achieve intimate narratives and performances with maximum intensity. 


A performance by Francesca Grilli, curated by Christiane Berndes.
With Anneke Wesselink, Mirjam Wesselink de Barrientos, Rodrigo Barrientos, Gustavo Barrientos.
Music: Willy de Rooij.
Production and assistance: Alessandra Saviotti and Evelien Scheltinga.

Omroep Brabant about the project (in Dutch)

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