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a selection from the collections of Lidewij Edelkoort and the Van Abbemuseum

New Melancholy

Lidewij Edelkoort
Photo: Thirza Schaap

During Dutch Design Week, the Van Abbemuseum and Home of Design Kazerne will simultaneously open an exhibition of art and design entitled New Melancholy.

During Dutch Design Week, the Van Abbemuseum and Home of Design Kazerne will simultaneously open an exhibition of art and design entitled New Melancholy. Plans were in place for a collaboration between the Kazerne Foundation, Van Abbemuseum and Lidewij Edelkoort (former director of Design Academy Eindhoven and internationally renowned trend forecaster), but the outbreak of COVID-19 meant that the exhibition would take on a unique character. When curating her collection of innovative contemporary design, a major consideration for Edelkoort was the essential contribution that design makes towards achieving a happy life.

THE CURRENT EMOTIONAL STATE OF THE WORLD
The exhibition combines artworks from the museum with design objects that Lidewij Edelkoort has collected during her career. Together, they reflect on what might be called the current emotional state of the world. This emotional mood is largely determined by the coronavirus pandemic but also influenced by a general state of uncertainty and threat in today’s world. The spirit or atmosphere that Lidewij Edelkoort calls The New Melancholy is represented in this exhibition.

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The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. The museum has an experimental approach towards art’s role in society. Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important to us. We challenge ourselves and our visitors to think about art and its place in the world, covering a range of subjects, including the role of the collection as a cultural 'memory' and the museum as a public site.