temporary museum

Yesterday I visited the Temporary Museum situated in the old Shell tower in Amsterdam. In 2009 Shell left the tower and it is up for sale now, but not much has happened since. Nathalie Faber (curator) and Claartje Kortbeek (producer) from 60 layers of cake decided that something had to happen and they created a temporary museum at the foot of the tower. The theme of the exhibition is sustainable art. Works from Dutch Droog designers Tejo Remi and Studio Makkink & Bey, are combined with for instance Merel Karhof’s Wind Knitting Machine and Wang Zhiyuan’s Waterfall.

When you visit the museum, bear in mind that the exhibition is specifically designed for everyone from the age of 4 and up. Personally, I would have liked to see a bit more depth in the exhibition and I’m not a fan of some of the curator’s choices (like for instance the first wooden cabinet Piet Hein Eek ever made). Still, the Temporary Museum is worth the visit. Not only because the shore of the IJ river is always an interesting place to visit (on walking distance from the Temporary Museum you find the Tolhuistuin and Eye), but mostly because the whole idea of creating a museum about sustainability in a building that used to be occupied by one of the most unsustainable companies in the world and that has been empty for over three years, is in itself worthy of attention.


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