De Schenking – Museum van Bommel van Dam

In collaboration with Floor Martens and Boris Dieleman.

In 2018 we did an official grant to Museum van Bommel van Dam. This after a research project of a half year in response to the Documents Humains collection.

Part of this collection are all the personal belongings of artists that most of the time were granted by heir together with the main artworks. In contrast with the main artworks, the personal belongings stay under the radar. Boxes filled with letters, bills, pictures and sketches. Tools that never leave the depot, and less people see.

We categorized the personal belongings of the artists Pieter Defesche, Marianne van der Heijden and Jeff Diederen. The hundreds of letters from Marianne van de Heijden intrigued us, we could only read the letters she received and never the ones she sent.

During our research in the depot, we started writing letters in a triangle constellation to each other and sent it by post.  This “broken” dialog formed our own personal effects as an reaction on the personal effects in the depot. What contains the question; What is the value of effects?

As an invitation for our official grant moment on the 17th of December 2018 we sent 150 post packages to all invitees. On this particular evening we signed a contract what contains that our grant is now part of the collection of Museum van Bommel van Dam.

The grant” is only for your perusal if you write a letter to;
Museum van Bommel van Dam, T.a.v. De Schenking, Keulse Poort 1, 5811 BX Venlo, The Netherlands