During the opening days of the Venice Biennale 2007, June 7-10, the Arts Council England presented Pleinmuseum as a practical case within the context of the collateral symposium Pan European Encounters of the British pavilion, curated by David A Bailey, Arts Council England and Mike Phillips, TATE Britain. Pleinmuseum is a new concept: an open and flexible museum that is easily approachable and accessible, forming a natural part of urban life. During daytime, the pavilion remains closed. After sunset, the cube opens itself hydraulically and forms a dynamic architectural installation. The white walls become projection screens that continually take on new appearances. Initiator and designer of Pleinmuseum, René van Engelenburg, focuses on the relationship between art and public. In cooperation with curators Edwin Jacobs (curator of visual culture in Tilburg) and Meta Knol (curator of modern and contemporary art at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht), Pleinmuseum invites artists, whose work is interdisciplinary and context-oriented. Participating artists: Piet Rogie, P. Struycken, Merljin Twaalfhoven, Peter Missotten, Driessens / Verstappen, Gido Leijtens, Arnoud van den Heuvel, LADDS, Niels Schrader, Amir Admoni, Roel Wouters, Bea de Visser, Geert Mul.
Pleinmuseum at the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007, Waterfront at Riva dei sette Martiri (between the boatstops Arsenale and Giardini). Venice, Italy, June 8, 2007.
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