Profile - Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum is one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art in Europe. Since the opening in 1936, we have shown many acclaimed exhibitions and built an extensive, internationally renowned collection of more than 2700 works of art. The collections reputation is due to the quality of the individual works of art, among which are masterpieces by Picasso, Chagall, El Lissitzky, Beuys, Weiner, Gordon and McCarthy.
In the Oudbouw (old building) temporary exhibitions exploring topics of general political and social concern alongside focused presentations of individual artists are held. In the Nieuwbouw (new building), a radical new approach called Plug In has been developed to exhibit the famous collection. The Nieuwbouw is also the location of Living Archive, a series of documentary exhibitions based on the museum archive.
With the renovation of the historic museum building, dating from 1936, by architect Kropholler, and its integration into the spectacular new wing, designed by architect Abel Cahen, the Van Abbemuseum is moving with the times in the museum world and responding to the growing expectations of the public. Cahen's distinctive design makes a notable contribution to Dutch museum architecture. The museum will also have a whole range of new facilities, created by the Belgian designer Maarten van Severen. These include an auditorium and an education centre, which will accommodate a wide spectrum of public events. The library, in its striking new home, ranks among the leading scholarly centres for the visual arts in the Netherlands. Equally inviting are the new restaurant with its unique location and the specialist museum shop.

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