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Support (the Van Abbemuseum)

A call to arms, by Charles Esche:

In recent days there has been a harsh and one-sided critique of the museum launched by a member of the local Labor party (PvDA) in Eindhoven. He believes the museum is irrelevant locally and internationally and that it must attract almost three times the number of visitors (from 85.000-225.000) per year. We disagree both with his opinions about the museum and his analysis of the profitability of so-called ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions.

In order to stop the current museum’s policy from being destroyed and normalized to free market demands, I would ask you to join us at 16:00 on the 18th October in Eindhoven Town Hall to listen to the committee debate and make your feelings heard. If we gather enough support on this one day, I believe we still have a chance to win a debate locally that has already been lost at the national Dutch level.

Thanks a million.

Charles Esche

NB (via Charles) –

I think it is important that this fight is about the kind of culture we believe in and want to see. The Van Abbemuseum is one part of this, but the attack in the Netherlands is much broader. If you can, please write to the local paper Eindhovens Dagblad. The address lezersredactie@ed.nl.


Must see (what is seen and what is not seen)


“It’s fascinating to think that all around us there’s an invisible world we can’t even see.”
Jack Handey

Otto Berchem’s work explores how we live and how we communicate our lives with one another. This interest in our social codes, and how we negotiate them, has lead to work that is often created in the public space or in the non-art context. Often these works draw attention to overlooked, unnoticed, and unarticulated systems and social behaviors.

For his third solo exhibition with Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Berchem will present several projects, all connected by subtle interventions used to expose what is seen and what is not seen.

These projects include Temporary Person Passing Through, a project that employed a now defunct hieroglyphic symbols used to map the city; You Am I Am You, a project commissioned by ArtAids, where Berchem produced a special collar for Thai street dogs; and Sanctuary, an ongoing project about a young kidnapping victim.

Opening: 17/10/09 17 – 19 hrs

Exhibition: 17/10/09 – 21/11/09
Gallery hours: Tue – Fri 11 – 18 hrs | Sat 13 – 18 hrs |
1st Sun of the month 14 – 17 hrs

Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Rozengracht 207A,
Amsterdam 1016LZ

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