Van Abbemuseum Connecting
2nd of May and 2nd of July 2011
Project in the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven (NL) by Anita Couwenbergh, Remko Leeuw and Bernadette van Loon
How can you make a connection from your own heart to the heart of an art museum?
What exactly is the heart of the Van Abbe Museum? And is the soul of the museum something abstract?
Or is it possible to experience this in a concrete way?
Investigating these questions is the foundation of the current cooperation between
Anita Couwenbergh, Bernadette van Loon and Remko Leeuw.
By offering mini-workshops these three artists will invite visitors to cooperate in their research.
In these mini-workshops they focus on possibilities of connecting with the exhibited art, the people in the museum and with the building itself.
This is a search for the heart of the Van Abbe Museum and for how the visitor can make a connection with it, from his own heart.
1st floor 3rd floor
making of small art altars
your next move, please
miniature mosaic, miniature richard long weaving grasses from the garden
still life in (very) dark corners
miniature still life in dark corners miniature
display in the basement
the weight of words
intervention 29th of June: flowers from the museumgarden
miniature Beuys nature for "The Eye"
10th of May - 22th of May 2011
Project in the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven (NL) concerning the search for and the strengthening
of the soul/heart of the museum.
Made by: Anita Couwenbergh together with visual artists Bernadette van Loon and Remko Leeuw.
All these pictures above are excercises done by the artists connecting treasured personal belongings
with the art of the museum and lightening up dark spaces.
This way they are tracing the experience of making a connection between their hearts and the museum.
Weaving is a symbol of integrating, connecting and creating as old as the world itself, maybe?
Here we use materials from the direct surroundings of the museum,
inviting nature in and connecting this with inspiration
drawn from the atmosphere of the inside of the building. We are planning to weave and knit
on the highest floor in the tower of the Van Abbe, dreaming of fairytales
in which spinning, knitting and weaving - mostly in the highest tower of a castle -
are indispensable for the healing-process of the soul.
March and April /May 2011 Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven
Taking part in:
The Ultimate Flexible Workstation
part of Maja Bekan - Secret Powers for Identity Security and Self-Respect in Troubling Times
Anita is working here on a project recycling used cdís/ dvdís. She is transferring these mass-produced objects
into unique handpainted parts of a single art-object playing with the reflecting material while designing geometrical
spray-designs for their reverse side. Thus making a statement against impersonatlity and the throw-away society.
Theme: Do something with your waste! Don't throw it away! Make something nice!
In the meantime the project got it's name:
Maja Bekan explaining her work to art students Children's Art Club Van Abbe visiting
16th of April 2011
people watching strange reflections
17th of April 2011
29th of April 2011
Van Abbe Emotions 80 x 80 cm Oilpainting (sold)
(made during her stay in the small cabin above at the Van Abbe Museum)
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