Museum in the spotlight

Constant Nieuwenhuys-De oorlog I, 1950

How can you create art with the history of your collection? This might be the question that the staff of Museum Van Abbe in Eindhoven asked itself. The result is a room with three walls covered with a beautiful pattern showing all the works the museum loaned out over the last 25 years organised according to the year they were aquired. The empty spaces on the wall are symbolic of the works in the collection that have not been loaned out.

In the room the public can take a leaflet with the pattern of the works and on the back the top 25 of the works based on the km's that they have travelled. Marlene Dumas is in the lead with two works that travelled respectively 150.608 and 114.865 km's. Constant's De oorlog I holds the number 17 position with 30.571 km.

Also on their website Van Abbe shows the works from their collection that are momentarily on show: nu te zien