Van Abbemuseum Vitrine: Selection Piet Hein Eek

23.04.2018 - 01.01.1970

The Van Abbemuseum Vitrine is a unique collaboration between Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven, the Van Abbemuseum and designer Piet Hein Eek. In a vitrine, designed and made by Eek, a part of the museum’s collection will be on show. This vitrine, a glass cart, has a central position in the entrance hall of Hotel Eindhoven.

The collaboration between Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven and the Van Abbemuseum arose in 2017. They found each other in the desire to introduce as many people as possible to the beauty that Eindhoven has to offer.

In this vitrine, there will be regularly changing exhibitions. For this, prominent people from Eindhoven and the region make a choice from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum. The display case with the choice of the first guest curator, Piet Hein Eek, was unveiled on Monday, April 23.

The choice of Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek was enthusiastic about the invitation to be the first guest curator for the vitrine at Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven: “Today one of the great challenges is to not only be a museum inside your own building but also outside. So people will see an experience art in a different way. And I think Van Abbemuseum is a pioneer when it comes to that. ”

For this edition, Piet Hein Eek chose chose to show only one work: Char M.K. by Jean Tinguely. It’s a machine made of scrap metal, a sheet of wood, wheels, v-shaped wires and systems of ballbearings. The matt black machine has an electric motor with which the public can operate the machine by pressing a button so that the machine drives to and fro on the pedestal, squealing and creaking. A large arch-shaped sheet of wood then moves up and down.