01 September 2001 till 01 April 2002

The Case for Intuition

Persbeeld tentoonstelling Pleidooi voor intuïtie

The Case for Intuition is the first exhibition organised at the museum by Wim van Krimpen, who became Director of the Gemeentemuseum on 1 September. The exhibition is a personal statement by Van Krimpen, underlining the importance of his intuition in the choice of art and artists. He combines a selection of works acquired by the museum over the last ten years - including pieces by Rene Daniels, Rob Birza, Helmut Federle and Donald Judd - with works from his own collection, which features not only items by Daniels and Birza but also pieces by a range of other artists including Daan van Golden, Isa Genzken, Martin Disler and Wang Xinwei. By his unexpected placing of the works, Van Krimpen at the same time re-visits the display opportunities offered by the Berlage building. For example, the stairwell is once again used to accommodate murals by favourite artists like Förg, LeWitt, Toroni and Tuzina.

As part of the globalisation of museum policy, the exhibition will also include examples of African and Asian art. This can be seen as heralding a new focus in the work of the Gemeentemuseum. The Case for Intuition not only reveals the personal preferences and vision of Wim van Krimpen, but also unveils the new direction that the museum has taken with his appointment.

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