Temporary Museum Features Sustainable Art
Amsterdam's Shell Tower hosts 'Temporary Museum'
The ‘Tijdelijk Museum’ (translated 'Temporary Museum') is a museum in a temporary vacant building at the North bank of the IJ-river in Amsterdam. It recently opened doors in the previously empty Shell Tower by architect Staal in Amsterdam Noord.
The temporary museum is a mobile exhibit for urban landscapes. The museum presents a fresh mobile exhibition curated by Nathalie Faber, in collaboration with Claartje Kortbeek. The theme of the
art works presented is mainly focused on sustainability. The artworks displayed are remarkable designs for everyday sustainability, but the perception of sustainability is also extended to the limit of peoples’ imagination. In order to promote sustainability, artists and designers suggest alternative ideas to saving energy and dealing with waste.
Among the many works displayed, is Merel Karhof’s knitting machine running on wind energy, Richard Kuiper’s still-life paintings made of recycled plastic, and even Arne Hendriks’ speculative research on shrinking the human race to solve energy and food issues in the world. Other projects such as transforming human’s fitness efforts into electricity, or creating art with waste are exhibited during the ephemeral exhibition.
Occupying the empty space
The location of the temporary museum is a strategic one: The Tower is a symbol of Amsterdam’s many vacant buildings. The arrival of the temporary museum brings new energy and attention to the vacant tower, but most importantly to the numerous empty buildings across Amsterdam. Indeed, there are in Amsterdam alone 1,3 million square meters of office space that have been empty for over a year.
Developing Amsterdam Noord
The Shell Tower is situated close to the recently opened EYE film museum, which was among the many projects contributing to the development of Amsterdam Noord – the autonomous borough located in the north of Amsterdam, and often ‘forgotten about’. The installation of the museum in Amsterdam Noord is not only an opportunity to revive the vacant Shell Tower, but also to direct curious minds to the northern part of Amsterdam currently being revitalized.
The Museum is open from 29 June - 23 September 2012, from 10:00 – 17:00 (closed Mondays).
Price: € 2,50 or a donation of three empty plastic bottles to be used for art.
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