May 14, 2015 - Museum De Lakenhal - Global Imaginations
May 14, 2015

Global Imaginations

Meschac Gaba, Citoyen du monde (Citizen of the World), 2015.

Global Imaginations
27 June–4 October 2015

De Meelfabriek
Oosterkerkstraat 16-18
2312 SN Leiden
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday noon–6pm

Leading artists are sharing their visions on the globalizing world in the new international exhibition Global Imaginations

Museum De Lakenhal (Leiden, The Netherlands) will host Global Imaginations from 27 June until 4 October 2015, an international exhibition of contemporary art. Global Imaginations is being scheduled to coincide 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. 

Visions of the world
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, which remind us of former perspectives on the world. But the modern world is changing constantly. The traditional borders that separate the local, the national and the international are quickly fading thanks to the development of the internet and through increasing migration, while new scientific discoveries are constantly enabling us to adapt our own worldviews. To visit the new exhibition in De Meelfabriek is to go on a journey through today’s globalized world. Global Imaginations enables artists from every corner of the planet to share their modern perspectives of the world we share. These views are rooted in diverse traditions and cultures, but are all part of our modern “global village.” Exhibiting a large variety of contemporary perspectives of the world, Global Imaginations seamlessly fits in Leiden’s centuries-old reputation as a cosmopolitan and academic city.

Among the artists participating in the exhibition, you can find renowned names such as Simryn Gill (b. 1959, Singapore), Mona Hatoum (b. 1952, Lebanon), Lucy Orta (b. 1966, England) and Jorge Orta (b. 1953, Argentina), Tintin Wulia (b. 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. The Netherlands are represented by Marjolijn Dijkman (b. 1978) and Andrea Stultiens (b. 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 (b. 1961) is bringing objects from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center together into a custom cabinet of curiosity, made especially for Global Imaginations. Georges Adéagbo (b. 1942, Benin) has used the extensive collections of Museum De Lakenhal as a starting point for his room-filling installation in De Meelfabriek.

Online publication
To accompany Global Imaginations, an online publication will be released in English and Dutch through the project’s website, It will be made available as from April.

Programme of activities
Diverse and extensive activities will be organised alongside the exhibition, including an academic symposium, a conference for high school students revolving around the theme of “global citizenship” and a film programme. 

Development of the exhibition
The exposition has been developed by a team of curators consisting of Anke Bangma (curator, contemporary art Tropenmuseum, now part of National Museum of World Cultures), Meta Knol (director, Museum De Lakenhal), Nicole Roepers (curator, contemporary art Museum De Lakenhal), Kitty Zijlmans (professor of Art History at Leiden University) and art historian Manon Braat, who also functions as project leader for Global Imaginations.

For more information, please contact:
Heidi Vandamme: T +31 (0) 6 295 32 686 / h.vandamme [​at​]
Marion Wolff: T +31 (0) 6 245 10 808 / m.wolff [​at​]

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