HAKS WAS HERE
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.
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
18 September to 17 October 1999
Open: Tuesday to Friday 12.00-18.00; weekends 12.00-17.00
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
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