With Rendez-Vous, opening 1 June, Museum Voorlinden focuses on the concept of the encounter
When Voorlinden reopens on 1 June, there will be a brand-new exhibition on display: Rendez-Vous. This presentation of selected works from the museum's own collection will centre on encounters: those between Voorlinden and its visitors, between the art and viewers and between the artists and the works themselves.In Rendez-Vous, works of art come together like lovers, embracing and lending one another strength – and occasionally clashing as well. These encounters walk a fine line between convergence and confrontation, between duet and duel.
What unites these works is their sensual aspect: they invite you to come closer and allow yourself to be swept away by their scents, sounds and movements. A physical encounter is the only way to understand what makes these pieces so remarkable, as they let you feel what it means to be human.
Now that the retrospective on British artist Antony Gormley has been moved to summer 2021, Voorlinden has seized this opportunity to conduct a new experiment with the works in its collection. Unlike a typical collection presentation, this exhibition has not been assembled under a single overarching theme. Instead, it features an assemblage of different themes that will bring visitors face-to-face with a new encounter in every gallery. While there will be opportunities to appreciate new works, of course, museum-goers can also look forward to reunions with several visitor favourites.
Rendez-Vous features works by artists including Etel Adnan, Francis Alÿs, Oliver Beer, John DeAndrea, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Erik Dietman, Tracey Emin, Leandro Erlich, Lara Favaretto, Dan Flavin, Anya Gallaccio, Shilpa Gupta, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Maha Malluh, Jacco Olivier, Pablo Picasso, Abraham Poincheval, Jeff Wall and Jonas Wood.
Director Suzanne Swarts: "The works on display in Rendez-Vous offer a tantalising glimpse of exactly what we've all been craving recently: they entice us to draw near and surrender to an encounter with their sensory qualities."