Van Abbemuseum Vitrine: Selection Pieter van den Hoogenbandat Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven
The more than 3,000 contemporary artworks in the Van Abbemuseum constitute the collection of the city of Eindhoven. These are works of art which deserve to be seen and sometimes pop up in unexpected places. Part of the museum’s collection is on display at the Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven, designed and created by Piet Hein Eek. This display in a glass cart has a central place in the hotel lobby.
The works exhibited are changed regularly and prominent figures from Eindhoven and the surrounding area are able to choose works from the museum’s collection. The exhibited works, that were selected by the third guest curator, Pieter van den Hoogenband, will be on display from Saturday 2 February.
Pieter van den Hoogenband’s selection
Pieter van den Hoogenband selected the model Ship of Tolerance by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. This model of the Ship of Tolerance refers to an international youth project undertaken by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The project’s mission was to introduce young people to different continents, cultures and identities. The schoolchildren did paintings based on a particular theme. Stitched together, these paintings form the sails of the ship. In every place where it was displayed, the ship was built by carpentry students from The Manchester College under the supervision of the lecturer David Harold, a friend of the artists. The project was carried out in, amongst other places, Siwa (Egypt), Venice (Italy), San Moritz (Switzerland), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Havana (Cuba), Miami and New York City (US).
With his selection Van den Hoogenband wishes to pay homage to his recently deceased friend Pieter Knaapen, who was involved with the Van Abbemuseum as a member of the choir. Van den Hoogenband explained: “Pieter Knaapen taught me how important art is. I hope that more people will have the chance to experience that art can touch and inspire you, just as a sports competition can.”
Pieter van den Hoogenband (born 1978) is a triple Olympic swimming champion and with seven Olympic medals he is one of he most successful sportsmen of all time. During his fifteen-year swimming career he caused a furore in the in the freestyle sprint at the highest level. In addition to his Olympic medals and a broad collection of European and world titles, he also broke the world record for the 100-meter long course in a majestic way in 2000 by being the first man to break the magical barrier of 48 seconds. He held this record for at least eight years.
In 2004 Pieter achieved what only two other swimmers had ever achieved before: retaining the gold medal for the 100 metre freestyle during the Olympic Games in Athens. He competed for the last time in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Since 2018 Pieter van den Hoogenband has been Chef de Mission of the Dutch team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.