From Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May the Van Abbemuseum hosts: Museum Takeover: Bodies of Knowledge. With, among many other happenings, a newly commissioned two hour performance titled "Passing" by dancer and choreographer Joy Mariama Smith (DAI, 2017) taking place through the corridors of the collection building.

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Comprising a symposium, talks, performances, collective encounters, exhibitions and DJs the three­day programme is conceived as a takeover of the museum’s regular programming. With the programme, the museum invites forgotten, deviant and non­normative bodies of knowledge into the museum. The intervention is part of the museum’s ongoing effort to break open the limitations imposed by the modernist paradigm on how art is experienced and by whom. It is the first in a series of events and exhibitions over the coming years that foregrounds the body, rather than the eye and the mind, as a generator of knowledge.


The programme and entrance to the Takeover exhibitions are free. Reservations are required for the Deviant Practice symposium and some events. Please see the website.

Symposium on Friday

During the symposium in the auditorium on Friday the outcomes of the research programme Deviant Practice 2018­ 2019 will be presented. Nine research grants were awarded to group of artists, archivists, writers and curators drawing on the museum’s archive, constituencies and local context. The papers that will be presented are:

Recoding Art: Van Abbemuseum collection by Bruno Moreschi and Gabriel Pereira
The Van Abbemuseum under fascist influences. Exhibitions 1939­1944 by Evelien Scheltinga
Meaningful Matter: Testing Feminist Pedagogies in the Exhibition Space by Ana S González Rueda
Exhibiting USSR in Construction today: from aestheticized politics to politicized aesthetics by Michelle de WitVagevuur by Sam Ashby
Department of Sexual Revolution Studies by Eimear Walshe
Hardcore Eindhoven by Anthea Black and Mikiki
Gate Foundation archive by Jessica de Abreu and Michael Karabinos
Use, Use value and constituencies by John Byrne

Programme Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday a series of performances and encounters will be staged, inviting visitors to experience the museum, the collection and the city of Eindhoven from fresh perspectives; works by Stanley Brouwn and Bruce Nauman will form the basis of a Feldenkrais class led by Yael Davids; a new video work by Sam Ashby will revisit Eindhoven’s gay club Vagevuur, country music, cuckolding and the department of sexual revolution studies will come together in a lecture performance by Eimear Walshe. Other highlights include:

A presentation of the Gate Foundation archive, organised by Jessica de Abreu and Michael Karabinos
A three­day workshop in which you are challenged to earn €1000,­ and a market with locally produced products is hosted by Wall Street, the Eindhoven based designers’ initiative looking at alternative economies.
A newly commissioned two hour performance titled
Passing by dancer and choreographer Joy Mariama Smith taking place through the corridors of the collection building.
A performance in the auditorium by
Anthea Black and Mikiki as part of their research project Hardcore Eindhoven.

Visit the website to see the full programme.