Leading artists share their visions on the globalizing world in the new international exhibition of contemporary art - Global Imaginations. The exhibition coincides with the 440-year anniversary of Leiden University and is the result of a collaboration with Museum Volkenkunde and LeidenGlobal. Twenty leading contemporary artists from all over the world have been invited to exhibit their work or to make a new piece that reflects their vision on today’s globalized world. The exhibition is hosted in De Meelfabriek in Leiden, an abandoned flour factory that reflects the city’s industrial past. The exhibition will run from the 27th of June till the 4th of October 2015.
In an attempt to better understand it, scientists from Leiden University have been studying the globe for centuries. Their efforts often relied on collaboration with artists who captured their findings in maps, botanical drawings, diagrams and symbols. It’s therefore hardly surprising that museums in Leiden are filled with anthropological, historical and artistic collections, complete with ancient artefacts and biological specimens, that remind us of fomer perspectives on the world.
Among the artists participating in the exhibition, you can find renowned names such as Simryn Gill (1959, Singapore), Mona Hatoum (1952, Lebanon), Lucy Orta (1966, England) and Jorge Orta (1953, Argentina), Tintin Wulia (1972, Indonesia) and the Ghana ThinkTank, an institute with a global perspective that has been founded in 2006 in Ghana by Christopher Robbins, John Ewing and Matey Odonkor. Holland is represented by Marjolijn Dijkman (1978) and Andrea Stultiens (1974). Various artists are also developing new work for the Global Imaginations exhibition, for which they have drawn inspiration from Leiden’s many museums. The American Mark Dion (1961) is bringing objects from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center together into a custom cabinet of curiosity, made especially for Global Imaginations. Georges Adéagbo (1942, Benin) has used the extensive collections of Museum De Lakenhal as a starting point for his room-filling installation in De Meelfabriek.
Global Imaginations has been made possible by the Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Doen, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Cultuurfonds BNG, Stichting Stokroos and Cultuurfonds Leiden.