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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   
  
  
the knittingproject

 

 

   

   miniatures
 
 

           making of small art altars             
 
 

 

    mini-splash!
 
 
  
  
   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 
 
 
      
 
  
small altars
 
 
    
 
  
the weight of words
 
 
     
 intervention 29th of June: flowers from the museumgarden

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   miniature Beuys                         nature for "The Eye"
"in(ter)ventions"
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10th of May - 22th of May 2011

Preparing Connecting

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.

"in(ter)ventions"

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.
 
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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

http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl

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:

RePlay

    
 
         
   
              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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