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Van AbAbbemuseum opens Once Upon a Time… The Collection Now

The Van Abbemuseum presents Once Upon a Time… The Collection Now an exhibition on view from 2 November 2013.

‘Once Upon a Time… The Collection Now’ brings together artworks, archives, histories and relations in historical constellations that connect individual artworks to the social and political contexts in which they were made and exhibited. The works are shown over five floors, starting with a Picasso from 1909 and ending in works from 2013. Never before has the museum exhibited such a comprehensive selection with over 600 elements being brought together to tell stories of aesthetics, ethics and politics over the last 100 years. Besides giving attention to art from the last century, a significant part of the exhibition is devoted to art after 1989 and to new acquisitions not previously shown. The design of the visitors’ experience has also led to a number of surprising interventions in the architecture of the 2003 extension.

Curators: Christiane Berndes, Charles Esche, Diana Franssen.