In 2018, 109,528 people visited the Van Abbemuseum. That is an increase in the visitor numbers of 2017 when the museum welcomed 104,000 visitors.
The museum states that this has much to do with their exhibition, ‘Topstukken on tour’ (‘Top pieces on tour’), where ten famous paintings were sent to various museums in the Netherlands at the beginning of the year. This included artworks that visitors do not usually encounter in a museum for contemporary art. The number of visitors increased considerably during that time.
As well as attracting thousands of visitors to the museum, the Van Abbemuseum has also several times brought its art to people directly. For example, they brought an art collection to care institutions and people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. That was, according to the museum, well received.
The Van Abbemuseum has various exhibitions in store again in 2019. They will sometimes be futuristic (such as ‘Positions #5′, featuring films and music), and sometimes social (such as ‘Projects Plastics’, about the current plastic waste crisis). There will also be a special focus on Eindhoven’s own artists, and an exhibition in honour of the liberation of Eindhoven, exactly 75 years ago.
Translator: Rachael Vickerman
Editor: Melinda Walraven