Museum Modules - Play Van Abbe, Part 2: Time Machines

Raum der Gegenwart, Ontwerp van László Moholy-Nagy en Alexander Dorner, ca. 1925. Uitgevoerd door Kai-Uwe Hemken en Jakob Gebert, 2009
Raum der Gegenwart
Installation view Raum der Gegenwart, 2010. Photo: Peter Cox
Installation view Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, 2010. Photo: Peter Cox
Musee Imaginaire
Raum der Gegenwart
Installation view Museum of American Art, 2010. Photo: Peter Cox

Museum Modules Play Van Abbe, Part 2: Time Machines

10/04/2010 - 24/09/2010
Opening: 10/04/2010 16:00
Curators: Diana Franssen, Steven ten Thije
Guest Curators: Museum of American Art Berlin, Galit Eilat, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Kai-Uwe Hemken, Jakob Gebert, Florian Schneider

Museum Modules presents four studies based on special museum projects from the past. The presentations were developed by a diverse group of individuals.

White walls, a few art works hung with much space between, shown in a convenient chronological order. This is the impression many of us have of a museum of modern and contemporary art, and it is often also what we get. But how did this exhibition model arise and were there ever alternatives? And how can the museum display its exhibitions in future? Artists, designers and researchers reveal the familiar image of the modern museum as the end point (for now) of a series of dynamic exhibition practices from the first half of the 20th century. These contemporary re-workings of past display models not only offer a new look at the past, but point to a possible entirely different museum of the future. In them visitors will see works from the museum collection as well as art produced specifically for these spaces. Four very different interpretations give us an innovative perspective on museum history:


Raum der Gegenwart

Art Historian Kai-Uwe Hemken and designer Jakob Gebert will show their reconstruction of the Raum der Gegenwart, a unique museum installation developed in Hanover, Germany in the 1920’s.


Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of American Art, Berlin, will contribute an ‘etnographic’ installation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa).


Musée Imaginaire

Florian Schneider is preparing a presentation on the Musée Imaginaire, a poetic museum concept by André Malraux.


Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Artist Wendelien van Oldernborgh is developing a project on the museum design by Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, the MASP in São Paulo.


These presentations provide an inspiring look at genesis of the museum of modern and contemporary art while asking questions about its future.

In the Activist Club of Chto Delat, guest curator Galit Eilat shows films in which the museum is portrayed as an icon in the popular media.

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