press release

In 2006 the museum acquired the collection of Herman and Henriëtte van Eelen-Weeber. The collection comprises thirty-five works by conceptual artists from the period 1965 to 1973, including several works by precursors from before that period. The collection is broadly representative of the development of conceptual art. Because the collection was assembled in a relatively short period of time (namely the abovementioned period) it functions as a time capsule. The collection was formed in close association with the artists themselves and their dealers. The couple’s personal approach to collecting and the individual stories behind the purchases gives the collection a value that is greater than the purely art-historical significance of the works. The collection is given an extra dimension by the inclusion of works by the ‘godfathers’ of conceptual art such as Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni and Barnett Newman.

Van Eelen Collection

mit Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Barnett Newman ...