Concepts of Time

17 May until 9 September 2018

Camile Smeets: Gatekeeper (ceramics, 2009)Camile Smeets: Gatekeeper (ceramics, 2009)
Bastienne Kramer: Venus van Langenzersdorf XL (ceramics and polyester, 2014)Bastienne Kramer: Venus van Langenzersdorf XL (ceramics and polyester, 2014)

The organisation Leiden Sculptures presents work by gifted young artists at three different locations in Leiden, under the title Concepts of Time. Starting on 17 May 2018, the National Museum of Antiquities will be one of those locations. The artworks you will see range from sculptures to video and a wall installation.

From 17 May 2018 onwards, you can find the exhibition Concepts of Time in two places in the museum: in the Muzezaal (Muse Room), immediately on the left after passing the ticket barrier for the exhibition rooms, and in the Egyptian temple in the main entrance hall.

Eight artists, inspiration from the past

Present-day artists often draw inspiration from age-old techniques and formal idioms. This certainly applies to the eight artists who have been selected for this exhibition by the guest curator Sandrine van Noort (curator of the LUMC art collection). Juliaan Andeweg, Daniëlle van Ark, Jasper Hagenaar, Nynke Koster, Damian Kapojos, Bastienne Kramer, Emma van der Put, and Camile Smeets reflect, each in his or her own way, on aspects from the past. Three of them have made new work especially for this occasion that contains clear allusions to the museum’s collections.

Sculptures in Leiden: annual open-air exhibition

The exhibition in the museum is linked to the annual open-air exhibition of sculptures organised by Leiden Sculptures on Hooglandse Kerkgracht in Leiden, now in its seventh year: an event devised to put talented young sculptors in the spotlight. This year’s event, with the over-arching title Concepts of Time, revolves around history – making it a perfect opportunity to place contemporary sculpture on view at the National Museum of Antiquities, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, under the slogan 'For 200 years a Museum for Now'.

The other two locations in Leiden displaying works in the Concepts of Time exhibition are Hooglandsche Kerkgracht (open-air exhibit, until 6 August 2018) and the gallery and front garden of Leiden University Medical Centre (until 2 September 2018).