[Groninger Museum]


16 October 1999 to 4 June 2000

This October, it will be five years since the opening of the new Groninger Museum. To celebrate the anniversary the museum is presenting a series of exhibitions and events. Frans Haks, former director of the Groninger Museum, and Mark Wilson, the museum's curator of visual arts, have refurbished the entire museum. Frans Haks has been invited to present his vision of the museum and his views on acquisition policy in a series of exhibitions at three locations: Groninger Museum, Gasunie and Art et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. At the end of October the Dutch Rail service, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, will introduce the Groninger Museum Train. Set to run for six years, the train has been furnished by Alessandro Mendini.

Collection policy
The exhibition provides an overview of Frans Haks' acquisition policy over the years 1978-1995. During this period Haks deliberately chose art from the margins. By this he meant objects that had not yet been accepted as art. Today, artists such as Mimmo paladino, Enzo Cucohi and Francesco Clemente of the Italian avant garde are established names. That was far from the case when they were first introduced in the museum in the early 1980s. For Frans Haks, the museum is a place where you can show how the nature of art is changing. This is reflected in the Groninger Museum collection and the exhibitions currently on show with works by artists such as Kiefer, Haring, Memphis, Kushner, Koons, Van Elk, Van Lamsweerde I Matadin and Corbijn.
Frans Haks' vision of the museum, and that held at the Groninger Museum in general, is an instrument that can be played in various ways. The Starck Pavilion presents works from the margins of art and architecture. The De Lucchi Pavilion shows installations by artists such as Ettore Sottsass, Rhonda Zwillinger, Hervé di Rosa, Thomas Lanigen-Schmidt and Alessandro Mendini. Sculptures are displayed in the Coop Himmelb(l)au Pavilion.

A Pissing Puss in Museumland
A year after the publication of his Een Calculerende Terriër in 1997, Frans Haks was invited by Groninger Museum to give a series of lectures on his acquisition policy. He subsequently adapted these lectures in a second volume, Een Pissende Poes in Museum/and (published by Groninger Museum and Arbeiderspers), in which he explains his various purchases and policies.

The Colours of Struycken
Groninger Museum has followed Struycken's career for thirty years. The accent in this show is on colour. The artist has developed processes to show the differences and changes in colour. Links with space and time are a vital aspect. The colour palette of Groninger Museum's rooms, which he designed in 1 984 with 1 6 colours, was been extended to 30 in 1 999.
19 September to 5 December 1999

Groninger Museum Train
The Groninger Museum Train consists of three intercity carriages in which Groninger Museum architect Mendini has redesigned various elements, such as the colour of the interior. Information is available on the train about activities at the Groninger Museum. Starting at the end of October, the train will run throughout the country until 2005. This joint project of Groninger Museum and Nederlandse Spoorwegen dates from 1 997, in a unique, radical collaboration between Dutch Rail and the museum.

Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam
Post Haks: A Selection from the Groninger Museum Collection
Post Haks provides a survey of contemporary art chosen from among the acquisitions after Frans Haks' departure from Groningen. In Post Haks, Frans Haks and Mark Wilson present works of art from the margins of artistic disciplines, or from the borders between fine and commercial art. Artists such as lnez van Lamsweerde I Vinoodh Matadin, Larry Clark, Andres Serrano, Viktor & RoIf, Azzedine Alïa and Comme des Garçons are presented in rooms painted in the colours developed by Struycken for the Groninger Museum.
18 September to 17 October 1999
Tuesday to Friday 12.00-18.00; weekends 12.00-17.00

Gasunie Groningen
Haks Was Here: A Selection from the Groninger Museum Collection
The Gasunie exhibition presents the Haks' earliest acquisitions. Art that has come out of the twilight zone and is now generally accepted. There are three categories:
International and intercontinental work, with highlights from the Italian avant garde, Mülheimer Freiheit, Figuration Libre and Pittura Colta. National work, with art by Dutch figures such as Ger van Elk and Carel Visser. Regional works ranging from paintings and drawings to graphic art by Tiddo Nieboer and Gerard Florissen.
24 October 1999 to 30 January 2000
Closed 18 December 1999 to 8 January 2000
Open weekends 10.00-17.00

Exhibition compiler: Frans Haks
Exhibition design: Mark Wilson
Exhibition coordinator: Sue-an van der Zijpp
Publicity: Josee Selbach, Jeanine de Boer
Open:Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-17.00
Closed Monday 25 December, 1 January