Museum as Hub: Be[com]ing Dutch at a Distance

Michael Blum, Installation detail of Exodus 2048, 2008. Photography by Benoit Pailley.
Michael Blum, Installation detail of Exodus 2048, 2008. Photography by Benoit Pailley.

Be(com)ing Dutch is a large project developed over two years both inside and outside the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Consisting of debates, reading groups, artist’s projects, exhibitions, and residencies, it interrogated various forms of collective participation and production. As questions of cultural identity and normative “national” values become ever more of an issue in political and cultural debate, Be(com)ing Dutch asks whether art can offer alternative examples of thinking about how we can live together today. The subject of “Museum as Hub: Be[com]ing Dutch at a Distance” is a constructive environment to reflect (both physically and in term of time) at a distance on the original project Be[com]ing Dutch. The original exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum was divided into three sections: Imagined Past, Imagined Present, and Imagined Future. The installation at the New Museum is a futuristic staging of an Israeli refugee dwelling relocated from the Abbemuseum to the New Museum. Addressing the nation’s identity with the influxes of cultures in the Netherlands, this lesson will use Be[com]ing Dutch as a case study in creating a dialogue among students about national identity and its role in the future.

Museum as Hub: Be[com]ing Dutch at a Distance

Be(com)ing Dutch is a large project developed over two years both inside and outside the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Consisting of debates, reading groups, artist’s projects, exhibitions, and residencies, it interrogated various forms of collective participation and production. As questions of cultural identity and normative “national” values become ever more of an issue in political and cultural debate, Be(com)ing Dutch asks whether art can offer alternative examples of thinking about how we can live together today.

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