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Museum Talk with Tanja Elstgeest (Museum De Lakenhal): The Museum as Performative Space

  • Tanja Elstgeest
Wednesday 10 November 2021
Museum Talks at the Leiden Department of Art History

Please note that this lecture is in Dutch. Read more on the Dutch page.

In the preface of the publication De Lakenhal, which appeared at the reopening of the museum in 2019, director Meta Knol writes that she found a ‘museum without memory’ at the start of her appointment. In the decades the museum had to wait for its much-needed restoration and extension, it had ‘seriously fallen behind on many terrains’. To sort out the collection, Meta Knol initiated the project Work in Progress followed by a large restoration and rearrangement of the display of the collection. Now we are two years later. Museums had to close due to COVID-19 and tourists stayed away. Therefore, the local aspect of museums had to be reinforced. What was sorely needed has now become an essential aspect of the plans for the further development of De Lakenhal after COVID-19. The Leiden Department of Art History invited the museum’s new director, Tanja Elstgeest, to talk about her strategies to support the local roots of De Lakenhal, as well as to preserve a close connection with international interests. How will she take a fresh look at the collection, the history and Leiden today so that more communities and individuals recognize themselves in these stories? How can art, object, audience, story and space encounter and experience each other in new ways? With her talk ‘The Museum as Performative Space’ Tanja Elstgeest will give us a preview of her plans with Museum De Lakenhal.


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