DISCOVER THE MUSEUM ONLINE
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, special measures are in force in the Netherlands. In line with these measures, the Van Abbemuseum is closed to the public. Online, the Van Abbemuseum continues to show art that powers the imagination. For more inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Explore the museum through the eyes of two dancers
Tommy & Rowan are only 17 and 16 years old, but in November, they were declared the winners of Holland's Got Talent. They recently staged a special performance in the Van Abbemuseum, that you can see here.
Dan Perjovschi, a Romanian artist, used to live under the dictatorial regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu, which severely limited freedom of expression, travel and artistry. Now that the dictator is no longer in power, Perjovschi travels a lot for his work, and during his travels he looks intently and thinks critically about everything he encounters. He quickly captures his thoughts with a felt-tip pen. Now that our own freedom is limited, a felt-tip pen can be a creative tool in thinking about what you would like to do when you are completely free again. Check out the full assignment here and don't forget to tag us in the end result!
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION ONLINE
Explore the collection of the Van Abbemuseum online and find our whether the museum has collected works by your favourite artists. Are you curious about the works that are on display right now? You'll find them here. This work by the Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara invites us to reflect on our relationship with time. In these turbulent times, everyone seems to be extra aware of time: for example, being able to shake hands seems like a distant memory, even though it's only been a few months.
THE VAN ABBEMUSEUM IN 360 DEGREES
Visitor Noud de Greef captured the exhibit The Making of Modern Art with a 360 camera. As a viewer, this gives you the opportunity to move freely and to look around you while 'walk' alongside him.
Hito Steyerl (1966, Munich) is seen as one of the most exciting contemporary artistic personalities. Now that our lives are even more digital, her work has become even more relevant. Steyerl speculates about the influence of the internet and digitisation on the structure of our daily life. She provides an astute and often humorous analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and information are continually adapted and distributed, increasing the tempo to infinity or until it crashes and falls apart. In her video works and installations, Steyerl manipulates the methods and means used in the digitized world. Curious about her work? View one of her works here.
GOOGLE STREET VIEW
Did you know that you can also visit a part of our museum remotely using Google Street View? The museum was captured in 360 degrees using special cameras. If you navigate by using the arrows, you can make a virtual visit to the collection presentations The Making of Modern Art and (on the second floor) The Way Beyond Art.
THE CHOICE OF.. CHARLES ESCHE
Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, made a special video in which he talks about what art means to him today and how the current crisis can change the world for the better. He chose the artwork Untitled (Wroblewski) (2005) by Wilhelm Sasnal (Tarnów, 1972).
Exhibition in 360 degrees
Want to explore the museum online? You can view the New Melancholy exhibition in 360 degrees. In this exhibition, objects from the collection of renowned trend watcher Lidewij Edelkoort are combined with works from our collection.
Through our Polyphonic Collection project, you’re able to take a peek over the shoulders of different local people from Eindhoven. They have enriched artworks from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum with their own spontaneous observations - from neighbours to museum staff and expats. The project includes this art work: Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 27 by the Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra. Here, you’ll find an overview of all the art works in our collection that have additional audio commentary. Please note that not all audio fragments are spoken in English. Read more about the project here.
EXPLORE THE VAN ABBEMUSEUM WITH SOMEONE WHO IS DEAF OR HEARING IMPAIRED
In this video, Barbara and Judith take you on a tour of the museum from their own perspective: as hearing impaired.
MINIDOCUMENTARY QIU ZHIJIE EXHIBIT
We'd like to (digitally) invite you into the exhibition Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals. In this video, curator Davide Quadrio and artist Qiu Zhijie tell you more about this solo exhibition that was on show in the Van Abbemuseum in 2017. This solo exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie, one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation. The wide spectrum of his artworks - ranging in media and entangling different temporalities and geographies - unveils an intimate portrait of a varied and multitalented artist whose artistic work is an integral part of a larger, holistic approach to life. Embracing the concept of 'total art', Qiu demonstrates the role of art as a powerful engine for coming to terms with change, tradition and globalisation in China and across the world. Discover more exhibitions in our exhibition archive.
These trying times offer an excellent opportunity to reevaluate what art means to us. In this (Dutch) video, we see the Van Abbemuseum through the eyes of Dutch comedian Vincent Bijlo, who was born blind. He shows us that we can experience art in a variety of ways, using different senses. In his words: an “exciting journey of discovery”. Commissioned by the Van Abbemuseum, Parastone Den Bosch created a special 3D tactile object from a painting by Picasso from the museum collection. This way, you can experience what an artwork looks like using your finger tips. In addition, Bijlo visits the ‘multi-sensory museum' section in the Van Abbemuseum, that offers a multi-sensory art experience.
MINIDOCUMENTARY RASHEED ARAEEN EXHIBIT
Rasheed Araeen, whose work was on display in the Van Abbemuseum in 2017-2018. In this mini documentary, the Pakistani-British artist and curator Nick Aikens talk about the works, which have had a profound influence on generations of artists, writers and thinkers. Together, they span a career of sixty years. This exhibition included his texts and projects as a curator, because they challenge the formal, ideological and political assumptions of Eurocentric (and inherently western) modernism in an interesting way. Discover more exhibitions in our exhibition archive.