After a summer spent experimenting with a hybrid model of programming featuring online and offline activities, we are now looking forward to the start of the new cultural season.
The course of the pandemic has made it clear that we cannot go back to the types of programme that we curated up until March 2020. In fact, what we initially saw as a rapid response to a temporary crisis now needs to become a long-term strategy to deal with a pandemic that will affect our lives for the forseeable future. This calls for a reconsideration of the formats we have developed so far, a stronger anchoring of online activities in the programme and further improvements to the visitor experience — both online and in our physical location. In designing our new programme, there will always be a tension between the desire to come together and share experiences in close proximity, and the need to minimise possible safety risks and wrestle with changing perceptions of closeness.
Taking these restrictions into account, we warmly invite you to take a look at the autumn programme. The experience of looking at art is central to the exhibition Art on Display 1949-69, which can be seen from 4 October. It brings together progressive exhibition designs, in the form of 1:1 reconstructions, by Aldo van Eyck, Alison and Peter Smithson, Lina Bo Bardi and Carlos Scarpa. The opening on 3 October will consist of a number of small-scale 'salons', which can be attended both at our physical location and online.
Lithium will be open from 20 September. Our phones, laptops and electric cars run on lithium batteries. In addition, the mineral is used in the treatment of all kinds of physical and mental disorders. Lithium helps people and devices to recharge, but what if it also contributes to their exhaustion? An extensive programme of activities is linked to this exhibition.