Together with Florian Schneider who is invited as guest curator for Play Van Abbe I have been working on the museum model of André Malraux, Le Musée Imaginaire, for Play Van Abbe Part 02. As a part of Timemachines, Part 02 of Play Van Abbe, the Museum Modules section presents four studies based on special museum projects from the past. It will open on 10 April and run until 12 September 2010
Central questions of the Play Van Abbe project are:
What is the role of an art museum in the 21st century?
What are the conventions of a museum and to what extent are we aware of them?
How did they develop and are they appropriate today? Can we make them visible? Change them? Play with them?
For 18 months, the multifaceted programme of Play Van Abbe will take the collection and use it to suggest answers to the questions outlined above. It aims to focus not only on the artworks themselves but also on the way we are allowed to look at and to talk about them in a museum. Questions about form and content, copy and original, good and bad are put up for argument. The apparent neutrality of the museum is tested and the relation to exhibiting and collecting art is explored. The history and purpose of art museums in general and Van Abbemuseum in particular are revealed as partial and related as much to ethical decisions about society as to aesthetic choices about beauty and order.