Eindhoven - Istanbul

1 Oct 2005 - 29 Jan 2006
Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL

EindhovenIstanbul brings together the biennial and the museum in one exhibition for the first time. It gives a biennial a place to rest and reflect on its own past. At the same time, it sets the Van Abbemuseum's collection in motion. Works by artists unknown to the collection will be juxtaposed with the Van Abbemuseum's own art history. Until now, the biennial and the museum were regarded as being opposing systems of presenting art. EindhovenIstanbul proves that both could go hand in hand, showing that one is potentially no more or less exotic, exclusive or popular than the other.


utopia, local modernities, imagined public sphere, representation of singularities, the role of contemporary art