Lost and Found

An exhibition of four museum collections, compiled by Elvira Visser

17 April 2015 to 21 June 2015

‘Where am I going?
What is my place in the world?
Is that now, or is that later?
Can I see it with the naked eye, or not?
Am I lost or do I know exactly where I am ... ?’

  • Bono (Still Lives), Anton Corbijn, 1997, collection Groninger Museum
  • Carpet, Rob Scholte, 1988, acrylic on canvas, collection Groninger Museum

The artworks and objects in this exhibition are all related to having or seeking a place. It is a quest in which everyone gets involved at some time. The focus is often on the destination, but isn’t the journey just as important?

‘Looking for a place or having a place’ is the theme of the Lost and Found exhibition compiled by Elvira Visser (25) from Nijmegen. For her exhibition she selected collection items from the website of the Mix Match Museum, a project set up by six Dutch museums. The exceptional feature of her exhibition is the fact that the selection contains such a wide variety of art objects: photography, painting and video art have been included, but there are also sculptures and historical items. In addition, five different museums are represented in her selection of the collection pieces.

Elvira was inspired by the stage of life in which she currently finds herself: she is looking for what she wants to do. All the artworks and objects symbolize being in transit and seeking a place. This may be in the future or in the past. Do you recognize your own situation in the theme of, and the objects in, the exhibition?

Mix Match Museum
In 2014, three art museums and three heritage museums appealed to their visitors to compile an exhibition themselves, one based on a good narrative. For this venture, each museum selected 50 objects from its own collection. This led to a great variety of objects from diverse genres – visual art, history, technology and heritage – thus generating a cross-section of the Netherlands Collection. In this context, Mix Match Museum is a unique cooperative effort between museums, and is also an extraordinary participation project in which the museum visitor plays a major role.

Visitors browsed through these 300 objects on the website of Mix Match Museum and made their own selection. In doing so, they indicated what the selection represented to them. Why did they choose these objects? What was their overarching theme? More than 200 people thus assembled their own exhibition. The best exhibitions are now on show in the participating museums.