Making Use - Dutch Art Institute at the Van Abbemuseum

Ian Wilson, Circle on the Floor, 1968. Exhibition overview Van Abbemuseum. Youri Guepin uses this work as a base for his project during the exhibition.
Opening Making Use, photo Fraser Stewart (project: Eden Mitsenmacher)
Opening Making Use, photo Fraser Stewart (project: Fotini Gouseti)
Opening Making Use, photo Fraser Stewart (project: Pendar Nabipour)
Opening Making Use, photo Fraser Stewart (project: Katja van Driel & Susan van Hengstum)
Opening Making Use, photo Fraser Stewart (project: Fraser Stewart)
Opening Making Use, photo Kiki Petratou
Opening Making Use, photo Oliver Bozinovski

Making Use Dutch Art Institute at the Van Abbemuseum

22/06/2013 - 15/09/2013
Curators: Nick Aikens, Annie Fletcher, Steven ten Thije

During this summer the exhibition Making Use will open in the Van Abbemuseum. The exhibition will be comprised of ten new projects by artists from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI / MFA ArtEZ).

For the past three years the Van Abbemuseum has been teaching at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI / MFA ArtEZ) in Arnhem. Together with the students, the museum tackles a range of contemporary themes such as autonomy and the place of art in society. For the first time the course ends with an exhibition in the museum. The theme for 2013 is “The uses of art”, with an emphasis on the different ways in which artists working today actively respond to social developments, aligning the course with many of the long-term research interests of the museum. Furthermore, throughout the year students have been engaged with a range of departments in the museum, resulting in a conversation and final project that spans technical, curatorial and mediation issues. For Making Use the museum reversed the roles and asked the students to “use” the museum, drawing on elements of the institution to inform their practice. The group tackled this challenge in different and surprising ways. Some saw the building and the function of the museum as an institution for collecting. Some responded directly to particular works in the collection whilst others decided to use the people and space of the museum to explore different possibilities. The result is an intriguing, varied presentation that explores themes such as history, the tension between public and private, and the rules and limitations of the museum. All of these have been done with a sense of experimentalism that suggests exciting ways for the different components of the museum to be re-thought as pedagogical tools.

About DAI
The Dutch Art Institute (DAI / MFA ArtEZ) offers a space for artistic research and experiment that exceeds the limits of conventional art education. Through affiliations with cutting edge curatorial platforms and research institutes the DAI seeks to create fleeting collectivities that operate as ‘interfaces’ between art, education and the world. .

The exhibition will include new projects by Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon, Anna Dasovic, Yoeri Guepin, Fotini Gouseti, Rei Kakiuchi, Eden Mitsenmacher, Pendar Nabipour, Fraser Stewart, Katja van Driel and Susan
van Hengstum.

Making Use, interview with participants