Van Abbemuseum

Surasi Kusolwong, "Emotional Machine (VW)," 2000-2004. Installation at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.*

Play Van Abbe
Part 4: The Pilgrim, the Tourist, the Flaneur (and the Worker)
February–August 2011

Saturday, 26 February 2011, 4 pm

Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
+31 (0)40 238 1000


The Pilgrim, the Tourist, the Flaneur (and the Worker) is the fourth and final part of the Play Van Abbe programme. The exhibition presents a selection of important works from the museum’s collection together with several guest artists. Visitors are invited to play a role whilst visiting the museum; the roles are the pilgrim, the tourist, the flaneur and the worker. By offering these classical roles, the museum seeks to focus directly on the visitors themselves and the way they experience art, rather than to thematise the artworks themselves.

The roles
The museum focuses on the criteria that visitors often use to make judgements about art. These criteria have become more complex and uncertain over the last years and are certainly no longer limited to the old measures of beauty and truth. The title of the exhibition describes possible roles that a museum visitor can play when looking at an artwork or exhibition. Each of these roles experiences the museum in a different way and each will have their own ‘tools’ to explore the museum. Roles are never fixed and visitors can change them during their visit, or revisit rooms in a new character. Neither do they represent a hierarchy of experience and, in fact, each might be said to fill a lack in the others.

On a spiritual journey, the pilgrim seeks revelation through contemplative observation. In contrast, the tourist takes a break from daily routines, and looks for the experiential and authentic. Wandering without a goal, the flaneur is open for everything while committed to nothing. The more active position of the worker can be approached from any role. The worker is the producer of new stories and meaning, and in this role, the visitor can leave behind feedback and commentary for those who come after.

The roles are not meant to clarify whether something is good or bad art, but open up new perspectives for a visitor on the artworks, the exhibition and the museum as a public place for experience and exchange.

The artworks
Featuring works from the collection from Gerrit van Bakel, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Sarah Charlesworth, Thierry De Cordier, Robert Delauney, Braco Dimitrijević, Marlene Dumas, Barry Flanagan, Hamish Fulton, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long, Klaus Mettig, Piet Mondriaan, Deimantas Narkevičius, Pablo Picasso, David Robilliard, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Katharina Sieverding, Ulay / Abramović, Jan Vercruysse, and Andy Warhol.

Special guests in the exhibition are Erwin van Doorn with Inge Nabuurs, Surasi Kusolwong, Cristina Lucas, Oliver Ressler, Marko Peljhan en Yang Zhenzhong.

Charles Esche, Christiane Berndes, Galit Eilat, Diana Franssen, Steven ten Thije.

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Play Van Abbe has been realised in part by contributions by the BankGiro Loterij, Province Noord-Brabant, Mondriaan Foundation, SNS REAAL Fonds and VSBfonds.

*Image above:
Courtesy the artist & Palais de Tokyo.
Photo: Daniel Moulinet.

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Bass Museum of Art

Bass Museum

In March 2011, The Bass Museum of Art will initiate the first of three, one-year curatorial fellowships focusing on contemporary art thanks to generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

These Fellowships will offer emerging curators experience in working in a mid-sized art museum while performing curatorial tasks, working alongside other museum departments and dialoguing with artists, collectors and arts professionals in the Miami arts community. Among other responsibilities, Fellows will conduct studio visits in Miami and gather materials to develop a complete archive on Miami artists. He/she will assist in developing exhibition programming and contemporary artists’ projects, and facilitate educational programs for museum members.

“Connecting these curators from across the globe with Miami’s renowned contemporary artists will help to expand the reach of the community’s art scene,” states Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts. “We hope this program will encourage artistic exchange for years to come.”

“These three one-year Knight Curatorial Fellowships seek to enhance the curatorial dialogue in the Miami community, whereby artists, art professionals, collectors and art enthusiasts engage in critical conversations about art and cultural issues as well as promote an exchange of ideas,” states Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art.

The Bass Museum of Art seeks a qualified candidate with some experience in the curatorial field demonstrating exhibition development. Fluency in English language is required, as well as excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Spanish-language skills are a plus. Masters degrees or foreign equivalent are preferred but not required. Strong weight will be given to personal references. For more information, please visit

Application deadline: March 1, 2011, 5:00pm. Please email cover letter, CV and three personal references with contact information to Elisa Alonso at

Posted in Awards & Funding, CUR104 (Professional Practice), Curatorial Opportunities, Job Opportunities

Roger Hilton – A Centenary Celebration, Newlyn Art Gallery


`Hilton was the most daring and inventive, and successful, painter of his generation in Europe`.
Norbert Lynton, critic

To Old Red  Hot Pants

To Old Red Pants on the occasion of her birthday from beloved hubby

An exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth of Roger Hilton (1911-1975). It is a personal selection by his widow Rose Hilton, chosen from private collections across Britain.  The exhibition will include oil paintings, late gouaches and drawings, as well as previously unseen sketch books, photographs, letters and a 1974 sound recording of Hilton.

The focus will be on Hilton’s work from the late 1950s, when he began to spend significant amounts of time in Cornwall. He first took a studio in St Ives, then one overlooking Newlyn harbour for three summers, before settling permanently in Botallack, near St Just, in 1965. He was a regular exhibitor at Newlyn Art Gallery and lived here for a while with the curator Michael Canney and his wife Madeleine.

The show, with its accompanying talks, will offer an insight into Hilton the man, his work and his personal connection to the gallery and Cornwall.
For more details click hereTo Old Red Pants. . .

Roger Hilton in his studio

roger hilton in his studio at botallack, photograph by jorge lewinski

Roger Hilton in his studio

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Internships at Situations, Bristol

Administrative Internship
Marketing Internship
Archivist Internship

If you would like to apply for the internships, please send a CV (maximum two sides A4) and covering  letter detailing why you would like to undertake the internship and your availability from February 2011 until the end of January 2012 to Katie Daley-Yates at stating clearly in the subject header which internship you are applying for. To arrive no late than 5pm on Thursday 17 February 2011.

In view of our need to make the best possible uses of our resources, it is our policy to write via email to people who are invited for interview with details of what will be required. If you do not receive an invitation to interview by Monday 21st February 2011 regrettably, you should assume that you have not been selected on this occasion.

Interviews will be held in the Situations office at Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX on 22nd & 23rd February 2011. The successful candidate will be required to start with immediate effect from week beginning Monday 28th February 2011.

For further information please see the Situations web site:

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Marshall McLuhan Speaks


Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan Speaks is a project put together by Michael O’Connor Clarke and friends.  With the help and blessing of Stephanie McLuhan, one of Marshall’s daughters, they’ve helped put together this curated online video archive of select interviews with the man himself – part of a celebration around what would have been his 100th birthday later this year.
The site is organized into short clips in which Marshall McLuhan explains what he really meant by such resonant aphorisms as “the global village” , “the medium is the message”, and such. There’s also a rather special intro piece from Tom Wolfe.

Good for challenging misquotations and settling McLuhan-based arguments.

Posted in CUR103 (Research Methodologies), Links, News

Patchwork and a Pint

On Tuesday the 8th February

At ‘Vertigo’, 15 St Marys Street, Truro, TR1 2AF

From 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Patchwork and a PintPatchwork and a PintWant to try handsewn patchwork and have a drink?

Come along to a free introductory session

No sewing experience is necessary – all materials will be provided

All types of beverages will be available at the bar including tea and coffee

If you would like further information email

Or text 07933 095770

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Tate Talk at UCF: Simon Starling

Wednesday 2 February 2011, 18.00–None set

Start the spring season early with an opportunity to hear Turner Prize winning artist Simon Starling introduce his practices and key works in his new exhibition at Tate St Ives.

In association with University College Falmouth

Book through UCF at

University College Falmouth  University College Falmouth
Free, booking recommended
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