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AAMU tracking Memories

Tracking Memories

Tracking Memories : The collective memory of a nation

January 22nd ’till June 15th 2017 – AAMU, Utrecht NL
featuring works of: Ron Hurley, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Gladys Kemarre & Keith Stevens and others

 

One of my favorite museums in the Netherlands was about to close its doors. After 16 years and many beautiful exhibitions the AAMU museum of contemporary Aboriginal art in Utrecht, has come to its final exhibition.

There are several reasons why I love this tiny but wonderful museum so very much. When I was traveling through Australia, I fell in love with Aboriginal art for the very first time. In many Australian museums and national parks I’ve seen some of the most impressive and beautiful Aboriginal art. Being able to visit the AAMU in my home country makes me always feel like I’m back in Australia again.

Thanks to its lovely location, visiting the museum is very easy. It’s situated at the ‘Oudegracht’ right in the city centre of Utrecht. You can easily combine a day of shopping, sight seeing or having drinks at one of the terraces with a (quick) visit to this museum. The small size of the AAMU makes it possible to see a whole exhibition, even when there’s limited time.

Of course I think it’s very important that many people have the opportunity to become acquainted with how diverse, beautiful and fascinating (contemporary) Aboriginal art can be. Therefore I find it very sad that the one and only museum in Europe focusing on Aboriginal art will no longer be there to educate and inspire us all.

The museum decided to end with an appropriate farewell; a review of the last sixteen years in their final show ‘Tracking Memories : the collective memory of the nation’. An exhibition in which combinations of Aboriginal, European and African art have been made.

 

 Details of work by : Ron Hurley, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Gladys Kemarre & Keith Stevens

 

 

On June 15th 2017 this wonderful museum finally closed its doors.

* Artwork in header by Doreen Reid Nakamarra

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Rik Wouters Momu

Rik Wouters & The private Utopia 

Rik Wouters & The private Utopia 

September 17th 2016 ’till February 27th 2017 – MoMu, Antwerp BE
featuring works of: Rik Wouters, Walter van Beirendonk, Dirk van Saene, Bernhard Willhelm and others

 

Right before the closing of the exhibition, my friend Katrien and I decided to pay a visit to ‘Rik Wouters & het huiselijk utopia’ (Rik Wouters & the private utopia) at the MoMu in Antwerp.

 

‘Reading Woman’ by Rik Wouters (1913), picture by Ronald Stoops

 

The recurring theme of domestic intimacy on the post-impressionist paintings by Rik Wouters was the foundation on which the exhibition was build. Contemporary trends of people searching for domestic intimacy, restoring contact with nature and the current popularity of crafts, linked the exhibition with the utopian ideas of Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden. A book published in 1954, introducing a non-industrial, natural lifestyle as an alternative for an over-stimulated consumer society (of which a book-review will follow soon).

 

Impression of ‘Rik Wouters & het huiselijk utopia’

 

The exhibition also featured works of contemporary artists and fashion designers. A beautiful homage to a painter who died 100 years ago.

 

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Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Barcelona

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

 

When I was in Barcelona last summer I visited the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Originally designed and build for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929, the pavilion got disassembled shortly after the expo was over. When years later the building not only became a key piece for Mies van der Rohe’s career, but also for the understanding of modern architecture, the building was reconstructed at its original location in 1986.

The pavilion still breaths a modern atmosphere, even though the design has almost been a hundred years old. The minimal, simple and transparent design combined with the beautiful materials that were used and the history of the project, makes this building an absolute must-see, even if you’re just slightly interested in architecture or design!

 

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

 

For opening hours and more information, check the Fundació Mies van der Rohe website.

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De Domijnen Sittard

Over de Grens

Over de Grens / Crossing Borders

March 5th  ’till May 28th 2017 – De Domijnen, Sittard NL
featuring works of: Brele Scholz, Jaap de Ruig, Roy Villevoye & Jan Dietvorst

 

Last weekend my friend Suzanne and I visited museum De Domijnen in Sittard (NL). Since I did go to high school in Sittard and I always had an interest in culture and history, I’d been in the Domijnen many times. But times are a changing and the museum got a new site, being a part of a newly build cultural house that hosts not only exhibitions but also the library, a small cinema, theatre, bar and a school.

We hadn’t checked the exhibition beforehand, but the theme could not have been more relevant for the current developments around the world. The exhibit ‘Over de grens’ which means ‘Crossing borders’, featured work of artists who are looking for connections with people from other cultures, seeking contact with and opening up towards others.

What mostly spoke to me were the sculptures by German artist Brele Scholz. The faces of her ‘Umgebaute Europäer’ (Converted Europeans) can literally be opened up to see what’s going on inside somebody else’s head.

 

‘Umgebaute Europäer’ by Brele Scholz

 

Let’s hope artworks like Brele’s will be an inspiration to cross those borders, to open up to each other and be curious about what’s going on inside somebody else’s head.

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