Van Abbemuseum

Time Machines Reloaded

26 Feb 2011 - 04 Nov 2012

Raum der Gegenwart
Curators: Diana Franssen, Steven ten Thije
Guest Curators: Chto Delat, Galit Eilat, Jakob Gebert, Kai-Uwe Hemken, Daniel Miller, Museum of American Art Berlin, Florian Schneider
26 February, 2011 - 4 November, 2012

On the second floor of the New Building you will find four presentations based on special museum models from the past. Each takes an inspiring look at the dynamic genesis of museums for modern and contemporary art and raise questions about the future of this institution. These projects show the developments that took place in the turbulent years before and after the Second World War and suggest different kinds of museums outside the familiar “white cube”.
Art historian Kai-Uwe Hemken and designer Jakob Gebert exhibit their realisation of Raum der Gegenwart. This unique museum installation was developed in the 1920s by Alexander Dorner and Láslzó Moholy-Nagy but it was not executed at the time. From mid December Hemken and Gerbert will make their new interference in the space noticeable.
The Museum of American Art in Berlin presents an ‘ethnographic’ installation in two galleries about the genesis of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (1929-1936), the twentieth century’s most influential modern art museum. The writer and poet Daniel Miller is invited to reinterpret this room.
Film maker Florian Schneider’s presentation is about André Malraux’s poetic museum concept Musée Imaginaire, a museum of reproductions. This project will be displayed in a new way from mid November.
Chto Delat? (What is to be done?) presents the Activist Club. ZThey use the museum as a public place in order to initiate a discussion about the position of art in our society. In the small cinema you can view the new video Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX, a highly evocative video whose narrative takes place against the background of Dutch politics in the year 20XX. It tells the story of a group of illicit immigrants who try to evade deportation by the national authorities, and who seek refuge in a museum. The work is a co-production of the Van Abbemuseum, SMART Project Space and Chto Delat?, and has been purchased for the museum’s collection.
Gallery 5 has been turned into a documentation area where the different museum modules have been placed in the context of the twentieth century’s exhibition history. There is also a presentation about the Old Building in the small gallery next to the lift. The Old Building, designed by A.J. Kropholler, was built during the period when most of the modules mentioned above were developed.


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