Zomeropstelling Van De Eigen Collectie (Van Abbemuseum Summer Exhibition), 1983

50,00
invitation / announcement
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum
1983

Eindhoven: Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, [1983 (07)], 10,5×14,8 cm. Exhibition invitation card for an important group show featuring new conceptual works from the permanent collection. Quite bizarrely the card features recto the floor plan of Oberen Belvedere in Wien (!). Apart from the participating artists listed on the back of the card the exhibition was accompanied by…

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Eindhoven: Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, [1983 (07)], 10,5×14,8 cm. Exhibition invitation card for an important group show featuring new conceptual works from the permanent collection. Quite bizarrely the card features recto the floor plan of Oberen Belvedere in Wien (!). Apart from the participating artists listed on the back of the card the exhibition was accompanied by an audio tour by Willem de Ridder, inspired by Franz Kafka’s Castle. Layers upon layers in a rather cryptic piece of ephemera.

The show and its impact is revisited in an article by Diana Franssen, re-examining it through the lens of a critique of a review contemporary of said exhibition. The design of invitation card is explained in depth, This invitation card was carefully chosen by Rudi Fuchs and consisted of the floorplan of the Oberen Belvedere Museum in Vienna after the reinstallment of the gallery by Christian Von Mechel. Von Mechel envisaged a new function for the museum, pointing out that he wanted to use the building in such a way that allowed for educational spaces as well as the displaying of art history in a physical sense, i.e. the museum library. The visitor should be able to learn about all sorts of works from all times, not only about the so- called “perfect” examples thereof the canon. Learning was only made possible by acknowledging the contrasts between the works presented by looking at them and comparing them. Von Mechel described this way of seeing and experiencing as the ultimate manner in which a visitor could educate himself to become a ‘connoisseur. This card motivated the museum policy on which the “Summer Display’ was built (among others). Rudi Fuchs’s ideas about the role of the museum were publicly discussed from the day he started as director in the Van Abbemuseum and became known as the “Museum Discussion”. [the copyist #1, 2009]


condition: Light discolouration. Minor blemishes. Not mailed. VG+