In every episode of this series, director Suzanne Swarts talks about a work from museum Voorlinden’s collection.
In 2007, Ai Weiwei transported 1001 antique Chinese chairs to the art exhibition Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Twenty-three of these chairs are now in museum Voorlinden. Director Suzanne Swarts explains why we still call these ancient chairs contemporary art.
A grand piano combined with a billiard table: it no longer resonates piano music and playing a game of billiards will be difficult, but you do get a fascinating work of art. Director Suzanne Swarts talks about Karambolage by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.
The tales of One Thousand and One Nights were among Marius Bauer’s (1867-1932) favourite works of literature. Director Suzanne Swarts explains how he illustrated this sixteen-volume French translation.
People swim under the surface of the water in Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich, but they do not get wet. Director Suzanne Swarts explains how this is possible.
Krijn de Koning
Normally you are not allowed to touch art. Director Suzanne Swarts explains why the work ‘8 Blocks’ by Krijn de Koning breaks this rule. You can touch this work. In fact, you have to touch it.
Can a garden be art? Director Suzanne Swarts talks about how Piet Oudolf paints with flowers and plants, like a work of art that is never finished and in which decay is embraced.
Peter De Meyer
Over 3,000 glass jars, filled with wastewater and some brushes. Director Suzanne Swarts talks about the work Coda by Peter De Meyer.
Music and visual art are the two greatest loves of Oliver Beer. Director Suzanne Swarts explains how he unites these art forms in the work Devils.
Greek columns or a trick of the eye? Director Suzanne Swarts talks about this modern-day version of a classic trompe l’oeil by Christian Andersson.
These faces were on display in John DeAndrea’s studio for the past 50 years. Director Suzanne Swarts talks about this motherlode from which over 350 hyperrealistic sculptures were created.
Joseph Cornell became world famous for his so-called ‘boxes’. Director Suzanne Swarts explains how these miniature worlds brought him into contact with the outside world.
Maha Malluh collected 95 cooking pots that were once used by the Bedouin. Director Suzanne Swarts explains how these pans are given a second life in the museum.
When you walk through this corten steel work work, you feel like you’re in another world. Director Suzanne Swarts talks about Open Ended by Richard Serra.
Four trees in a row, arranged from large to small: you wouldn’t expect that to be a work of art. Director Suzanne Swarts talks about this autobiographical work by Martin Creed.
Director Suzanne Swarts talks about Matisse’s artist book Jazz, which is actually an exhibition for one person.
Director Suzanne Swarts talks about Lara Favaretto and the solidified festivity in her work.