Van Abbemuseum

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven: Hours, Address, Van Abbemuseum Reviews: 4/5

Van Abbemuseum
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven was one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe in 1936. The museum’s collection of around 2700 works of art includes key works and archives by Lissitzky, Picasso, Kokoschka, Chagall, Beuys, McCarthy, Daniëls and Körmeling. The museum has an experimental approach towards art’s role in society. A source of surprise, inspiration and imagination for its visitors and participants.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I am not a very big fun of modern art but do enjoy opening up my mind and learning something new. The art exposed did not say much to me but the building old and new extensions are fantastic. There are quite some good experiences for blind visitors which I think is great and not that normal in a lot of museums.
It is quite a big museum with loads of spaces and overwhelming number of collections. I would prefer if there was less but more cohesive collection to see. Got a bit lost and lost attention and will to see half way...
Written August 1, 2020
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20 contributions
Aug 2019
I think this art museum changes its exhibitions frequently because I went last summer and it seems that already most of the things I saw are gone. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it when I went - it was easily one of the best modern art museums I have ever visited! Totally unexpected, as I sometimes find modern art simply too out there to enjoy, but this place was really fun.
The art is definitely quite quirky, but if that's what you like, you will love this museum!
Written February 17, 2020
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Athens, Greece34 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Located near to the downtown, Van Abbenuseum provides an hour (or even more!) of relaxing experience in modern art. The building has impressive architecture and the artworks presents the history of art throughout the centuries. Its main concept is that the art is not reflecting the reality but instead is the driving force of our world. Under this perspective, one floor is a “work in progress” exhibition. The museum store in the ground floor is very artistic. Be prepare for video and audio presentations, everything is modern art (even the elevator movement). You will not be tired at all!
Written January 4, 2020
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Dimitri S
Brussels, Belgium20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Not quite sure how to put this -- but the main collection felt a bit messy and chaotic. A bit like a scrap paper book of bits and pieces of art. Anyway, worth a visit if you are in the area. The Frans Hals room was my personal favorite.
Written January 1, 2020
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Jennifer W
Syracuse, UT75 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
This was a total waste of money. I am not a big fan of modern art, but I thought it would be a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. I can't believe people pay to see this junk. The entire display was piles of trash. I gave it a second chance and went back in March. This time the display was VCR tapes from the 90's. Another waste of time. Not going back any time soon.
Written March 25, 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium236 contributions
Dec 2012 • Family
This museum reminded me of everything I hated about my art school time. The pretension, the emphasis on "concept" (and aesthetics and skill being dirty words apparently) and the incestuous "you have to be in on it to understand it" attitude. I think they lost me right at the start with the installation “Informational Weather” by Sarah van Sonsbeeck. An installation that was supposed to translate the current political climate in the Netherlands into actual weather conditions. High concept, and unappealing execution with a couple of leased fans and a hired smoke machine, and very transparent in its political opinion (the socialist party is shown as "sunshine").
But onwards an upwards, and next up is a series of works by a member of the Italian Arte Povera group that were made of soft foam and meant to be tactile, but apart from one exhibit, touching was not allowed, of course. In fact a group of bitey attendants were at hand to bark at anyone who as much breathed in the direction of the exhibits, especially if they were children! Bad children! How dare they come here with their grubby hands!
We had two children in our Family group who were enrolled into the children’s workshop. They left the group and its tour within an hour and told us they were “Bored” and “there was nothing to do”.
Children are the worst enemy of this type of museum. Children will know and tell you when the emperor has no clothes on.
The exhibit Lissitzky - Kabakov was actually quite interesting, as an illustration of the uneasy relationship between art and politics. The building forces the visitor trough it in a fixed direction, which I thought was ironic, considering the subject of tyranny.
The 23 small, grainy, black and white 1970's videos by John Baldessari were a complete trainwreck. I propose to replace these by the top 23 most watched Youtube videos. This way, the installation will actually connect to the viewer, and provoke genuine (if base) emotions. Also, an "ironic" commentary on everything wrong with society will be delivered, as is expected of the politically correct modern artist. It will be a hoot!
The only positive thing I have to say about this museum is that it illustrates beautifully what is wrong with the traditional modern art scene. Stuck firmly in the last half of the 20th century with all its conceptual art, desperately preserving works made out of perishable materials that were probably not intended to be preserved. Out of touch with current developments. Aimed on a small group of the initiated. Unkind towards children, arrogant towards those with no previous exposure to this type of art.
Elitist in the worst meaning of the word.
Written December 30, 2012
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Peter M
Burford, UK164 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
Very little of what was listed as being owned by the museum was actually on display. Very disappointed. They offer a special entrance package of 12 euros to include a coffee and cup cake in their cafe. Thought the visit expensive for what we didn't see! Would not go again
Written August 10, 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands822 contributions
Nov 2019
The Van Abbemuseum lures you in with its Picasso and its Kandinsky, but then showers you with fabulous surprises in a warren of exciting galleries. Some magnificent installations (Supertoll!) and interesting exhibitions of lesser known Dutch artists like Ad Snijders. Also worth a visit: a very pleasant cafe with well-priced delicious dishes. Very impressed!
Written November 16, 2019
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Dundee, UK947 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The Van Abbemuseum is located about 1 km south of Eindhoven railway station on Bilderdijklaan where the entrance fee is 12 Euros per adult and you get a date sticker for your coat lapel. The exhibition areas in the museum consists of 2 buildings, namely the old and new (tower) buildings. Entrance to the museum can be accessed from the old building or via the cafe.
In the old building there was a temporary exhibition "30 years Heineken Prize for Art" and comprises 75 works from the 16 laureates. I suppose we were very fortunate to come here in 2018 as we would have not seen this magnificent exhibition of these 16 artists as the variation in themes and styles gave us plenty of enjoyment.
The new tower building had exhibitions on 5 levels plus 1 going up the internal stairway of the tower. The main exhibition "The Making of Modern Art" was on the ground floor and had masterpieces from the Van Abbe collection such as Picasso's "Femme En Vert" & Leger's "L'Accordeon" and numerous others, I thought this exhibition was wonderful. The other exhibitions on the different floors were also highly commendable with a special mention for "The Way Beyond Art", I just loved the cardboard cutout figures in the cafe/restaurant mock-up.
We spent about 2 hours in this museum, it could easily have been much longer but we had other things to see. We'll be back to this museum when we are in Eindhoven again as it was just superb.
Written September 21, 2018
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Budapest, Hungary58 contributions
Oct 2017
The van Abbemuseum is nice and small museum with mainly contemporary art. The collection ranges from very local works to more internationally famed artists like Andy Warhol, but I am not sure if the latter is part of their permanent collection.

Anyways, with a regular entrance ticket of €12 (23rd August 2018), the price to enter is acceptable for the general public.
In case this amount is too high for your likings, you might want to visit on Tuesday afternoons between 3pm - 5pm, since entrance is completely free in those hours.

The museum is well organised and the building is not too spacious but more intimate with narrow hallways. The staff might be a bit cold and uninterested, but they are proficient in their job.

Overall it is worth visiting if you are truely into modern arts. Don't expect high profile works, but you might actually find pieces that might draw your interest.
Written August 24, 2018
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