Opening new collection exhibitions - Use the Museum


Opening new collection exhibitions Use the Museum

11:00 - 18:00
free entrance and activities

Saturday 23 September we will be open all day for the festive launch of our new series of collection exhibitions The Making of Modern ArtThe Way Beyond Art and the Werksalon. Throughout the day there will be guided tours, workshops, lectures and music. At 16.00 hrs we celebrate the official opening!

We are open from 11.00 until 18.00 and there is free admission to the museum all day. Due to the limited number of places available, you will need to sign up in advance for some workshops. 

At night you are also welcome in the museum for the 10th edition of the Young Art Night (from 21.00 hrs, entry ticket €8, or €17,50 including one year long membership Young Art Crowd).

For the entire family:

Theatre Tour Yuki en De vloek van de Verdwijnende Beelden

12.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs
Location: ground floor Collection Building.
The première of a new tour for children and their family members in The Making of Modern Art! (in Dutch).
Register here for the 12.00 hrs theatre tour.
The 14.00 hrs theatre tour = fully booked

Children's Art Club

12.00 - 16.00 hrs
Location: Studio (basement Collection Building)
From 12.00 to 16.00 p.m. there is a walk-in Children’s Art Club. Come in at any time and join! We are creating a collective artwork that will be exhibited in the Werksalon on the first floor of the Collection Building.    

Guided tours: 

Registration is not needed, but make sure you are on time to be collected by the tour guides at the the central meeting point in the museum. ! We can take 20 people per tour.

Tour by artist Michael Karabinos

11.30 hrs and 15.00 hrs
Michael Karabinos takes you on the journey through his exhibition Here or there? Locating the Karel 1 archive. Time: 40 minutes. In English.

Tour by artist Brook Andrew

12.30 hrs
Brook Andrew is presenting his new work AHY-KON-UH-KLAS-TIK in one of the rooms on the second floor of the Collection BuildingAndrew combines the Van Abbemuseum archives with his own archives which go back to the colonial era. Time: 40 minutes. In English.

Tour in The Way Beyond Art

14.00 - 15.00 hrs 
'Knowing your myths' tour by Arianna Mattioni. Arianna wants to reveal your unconscious collective beliefs and common myths, by looking at the artworks in The Way Beyond Art. In English.

De Stijl tour: Rietveld bus stop and Van Abbe en De Stijl

14.30 - 15.30 hrs
Festive opening of the Rietveld’ bus stop at the Stadhuisplein, followed by a tour by curator Diana Franssen and architects Arie van Rangelrooij and Bert Staal in Van Abbe and De Stijl. And last but not least, a dadaist musical performance by the Van Abbemuseum Choir!

Workshops, lectures, music:

Ruben Jacobs: 'The urge to leave something behind' 

Part of the Mister Motley Tendens programme
11.30 - 12.15 hrs
Location: Auditorium
This talk will be in Dutch.
How does the artist relate to the fear of finality and the desire to be a part of history? Is this romantic ideal still present in a post-humane society? In ‘Everybody’s an Artist’, Sociologist Ruben Jacobs wrote about the desire for authenticity and creative self-fulfilment while his pamphlet ‘Artonauts’ actually discusses a post-humanistic vision. During this lecture, Jacobs analyses the extent to which man still wants to be human. Read Ruben's article on the topic here
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Reading room 'The many faces of poverty' 

part of the Mister Motley Tendens programme
12.30 - 13.15 hrs
Location: Worksalon (1st floor Collection Building)
Most artists can barely make ends meet. Living in poverty is both a romantic notion and an awful reality. Why are suffering and creativity so closely linked? By reading texts together we will be able to see things from different perspectives. Director Wieke ten Cate presents a youth show about poverty in the Netherlands, art critic Irene Craen makes a plea for the artists’ fee and philosopher Lietje Bauwens points out the problematic consequences of slum porn. 

Pop-up lecture George Kabel: 'Introduction into art philosophy'

12.00 - 12.40 hrs
Location: Dan Peterman's Civilian Defense (2nd floor Collection Building)
Philosopher and artist George Kabel introduces art philosophy. After losing his sight, George explored art experience and expressive possibilities that appeal to other senses.

Mini concert in one of the galleries by Iris Penning and Jorick Bronius

13.00 - 13.20 hrs
Location: In The Way Beyond Art (2nd floor Collection Building)
Singer-songwriter and poet Iris and composer-musician Jorick are at the museum to co-write the soundtrack to ‘Way Beyond Art’ with you. The major themes of the exhibition - home, country and work - will stir something up in you, the visitor. Have a chat with this musical duo, offer them your inspiration and listen to the melodic and doubtlessly poetic results of this exercise in innovation during one of two mini concerts. Jorick and Iris will be here for you from 11.00 a.m. and they will perform their mini concert among the art on the second floor at 1.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.


14.00 tot 15.30 hrs
Location: Werksalon
Robin & Rutger bring the bottle to  the table and talk about how it is being a man in this time with their guests.

Workshop Blind Painting by Jofke van Loon

14.00 - 16.00 hrs
Location: Worksalon (1st floor Collection Building)
How can you paint if you are blind or visually impaired? Experience this during a workshop on a new tactile colour system that teaches people to paint without vision. Using Taktila® resources, you can learn about new techniques for painting without vision, including how to mix colours. The system uses 15 colours linked to structure so the visual properties are reflected in the tactile properties of the materials. This workshop has been designed to be enjoyed by sighted, visually impaired and blind persons. Register here to assure your spot!

Socratic discussion chaired by Wouter Klein Velderman

Part of the Mister Motley Tendens programme 
14.00 - 16.00 hrs
Location: Worksalon (1st floor Collection Building)
During Ruben Jacobs’s morning lecture and in the reading room, visitors will have absorbed Tendens reflections. What stuck in their mind, what got them thinking or even shocked them? During a closed Socratic seminar, we shall select one question, which we’ll thoroughly investigate, in full accordance with the Tendens philosophy, so that we find out no only what sticks in people’s craw but also whose craw it sticks in, and why.    

Pop-up lecture Giuditta Vendrame

14.30 - 15.00 hrs
Location: Dan Peterman's Civilian Defense (2nd floor Collection Building)
Designer Giuditta Vendrame carried out a study into citizenship. What does it mean to be an inhabitant of a city and how does it determine your identity? This brief presentation is in English. 


15.00 tot 16.00 hrs
Location: Auditorium
In the short movie #YOLO4REAL you will see how the life of terminal sick Ahmed flies by like Snapchat seconds. During the opening of our new collection exhibitions you will be the first one to see this short movie by Aman Hassani. You will also get the chance to ask your questions during the Q&A and get to hear how Aiman got the idea of this special short movie during his lecture.

Pop-up lecture Hannah van Lutterveld

15.00 - 15.30 hrs
Location: Dan Peterman's Civilian Defense (2nd floor Collection Building) 
Designer Hannah van Lutterveld is fascinated by what is known as the ‘Primark effect’. Everyone has an opinion about the mega-store chain, but how does it affect the city? Hannah presents her research and her film.

Mini concert in one of the galleries by Iris Penning and Jorick Bronius 

16.30 - 16.50 hrs
Location: In The Way Beyond Art  (2nd floor Collection Building)

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