IJsbrand Hummelen has been research conservator at the Central Laboratory for Research of Objects of Art and Science (CL), later the Netherlands Institute for Cultural heritage (ICN) since 1992. He was trained as a conservator/restorer at the Central Laboratory, the Swiss Institute for Art Research, Zürich and the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Rome. He did research and published on the studio practice of Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, on 19th century painting, on preservation of ethnographic collections, conservation theory and management, and on new strategies for the conservation of contemporary art. He has been responsible for the content of several national and international research programmes in the field of the preservation of contemporary art.
Christiane Berndes studied art at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht and art history at Utrecht University. She worked as assisting curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Since 1997 she is curator of collection at the Van Abbemuseum and since 2000 member of the steering committee of the SBMK (Foundation for the conservation of contemporary art). As curator of collection she organised several exhibitions of the collection of the museum: One on One (2004), Nederland niet Nederland’ (2004-5), What Happened to Art (2006) and Plug In; re-imagining the collection (2006-2009). Currently she is curator and project leader of Play Van Abbe, a two years programme around the collection of the museum, including exhibitions, commissions, projects, lectures, publications and a symposium.
The live dialogue No. 3 between IJsbrand Hummelen and Christiane Berndes is part of the new KIOSK series started by the Mobile Academy at the Van Abbemuseum, called Shadowing Institutions. The Museum is the first object of interest, covered in a series of 2 hour talks with staff members of the Van Abbemuseum and dialogue partners from outside the institution.
These series follow the simple notion that an implicit social knowledge exists in every institution and organisation, which is both known and unknown to those who are working inside this institution. And that this knowledge has to be communicated in order to be effective, both inside and outside of its context.
25 September 2010 - Paul O'Neill & Annie Fletcher
The first dialogue took place during the opening of Play Van Abbe Part 3, between Paul O'Neill, Paul O’Neill is curator, artist and Research Fellow at Situations in Bristol, and Annie Fletcher, curator of the Van Abbemuseum. This dialogue is on view in the museum (room B0-06) until 25 November 2010.
25 november 2010 - Brian Holmes & Charles Esche
The second dialogue took place between Brian Holmes, culture and art critic and activist, and Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum. Read more.