New museum questions the essence. Open from 12 May.
Do you have a cold, cough or a temperature? Then we ask you not to enter the Museum For Non-Essential Art. As a non-essential shop, the rules set by the government for shopkeepers apply.
Since 28 April, non-essential shops have had their doors open again. But museums and cultural institutions remain closed. What does this say about the place art has in our society? With this question, We Are Public presents the Museum For Non-Essential Art.
Art versus commerce
This museum is officially a shop, in which corresponding corona rules apply. This is the only way it can be open to the public. A remarkable term. Apparently, we are currently only allowed to look at objects that are for sale. What does such a policy say about the way we appreciate art? With this exhibition, we want to get people thinking about what is essential and what is not, and what place art has in our society.
The museum presents a carefully curated selection of objects from non-essential shops. Artworks will be added throughout the expanding exhibition. These works were made especially for the project by different artists, created with materials from non-essential shops.
Openingstimes & address
Wednesday till Friday – 10:00 – 18:00 o’clock
Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 – 18:00 o’clock
Address: Staalstraat 7-B, Amsterdam