Christiane Berndes, Curator and Head of Collections, Van Abbemuseum
Åben forelæsning 17.15-18.30 på Den Hirschsprungske Samling efterfulgt af et glas vin. Open lecture 5.15 to 6.30 at The Hirschsprung Collection followed by a glass of wine.
The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is a museum for modern and contemporary art. For more than a decade it has worked in new and experimental ways, critically reflecting on the function of a museum of modern and contemporary art and its collection in a time of global (dis)order and system crises. In her book Radical Museology from 2013, Claire Bishop talks of the Van Abbemuseum as a shining example for all art museums interested in connecting history with the contemporary to follow. During her talk, Christiane Berndes will describe some of her many different projects and experiences from 15 years of curating and collecting at the museum. She focuses on how the museum arrived at specific fields of interest that form the basis for their acquisitions policy and exhibitions research.
Christiane Berndes is Curator and Head of Collections of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Among her recent projects are: ‘The Way Beyond Art’ and ‘The Collection Now’, collection presentations including commissions and experimental mediation projects (2013-today); ‘Play Van Abbe’, a two-year programme centred on the museum’s collection, and including exhibitions, commissions, projects, lectures, publications and a symposium (2009-2011); and ‘Plug In; Re-imagining the Collection’, a series of 54 small presentations involving several guest curators (2006-2009). As a member of the steering committee of the SBMK (Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art) from 2000 until 2014, Berndes was involved in several research projects concerning the conservation and re-installation of video art, performance and installation art. She studied Art at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht and Art History at Utrecht University.