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(Archive) Smashing Heritage

Witness the destruction and rebirth of a series of ceramic art pieces.

This project was part of DDW 2021
Smashing Heritage by Ivi van Keulen — © Diana Bodnarenco

How do we value art? What price do we give it? What importance do we ascribe to it? Surely arts value comes from its expression, its beauty, not its price tag?

Beautiful but flawed

The 18th Century vase was meticulously made. Beautiful but flawed, with chips and cracks. If it would be immaculate, it would be deemed to be very valuable. But in the state that it was in, it is thought to be worthless. It would also cost more to restore than they could ever sell it for. So we have an antique object that is undoubtedly beautiful, authentic, and true but essentially valueless in today's market.
Valueless as Ivi van Keulen was when she was 'just making drawings' but did not have the temerity to call herself an artist. Worthless as her work was until others started to buy it. But surely that work was worthwhile before it was purchased.

Ivi van Keulen decided to repair ceramics by destroying them and turning them into a new object, creating value in the modern world. Or should she have left it alone? Should we celebrate the imperfect? What do you think?

Would you like to participate in Smashing Heritage?

Salon Veneman
Salon Veneman is a walk-by gallery, so 'Smashing Heritage' can be enjoyed from the sidewalks. Visitors only have access to the building during DDW 2021, if they have booked a time slot.

Visitors can join Ivi's performance as a ceramics smasher. Book your time slot on

Your visit takes between 15 – 30 minutes.

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Smashing Heritage by Ivi van Keulen — © Diana Bodnarenco

Smashing Heritage by Ivi van Keulen — © Diana Bodnarenco