In an age in which the writing of fashion history has been relegated to the PR departments of fashion houses, Het Nieuwe Instituut attempts to construct an open canon of Dutch fashion. In an interplay between fact and fiction, this open history – with multiple and occasionally contradictory narratives – places the accent on the user/consumer as emblematic of the innovative force of Dutch fashion. Guus Beumer, artistic director of the Temporary Fashion Museum, took the Reading Room public on a journey through Dutch fashion history.
The Reading Room provides a forum for intimate and provocative discussions and has a smaller audience than other Thursday Nights. Guided by a researcher, designer or scholar, a small audience will reflect upon a text, a design, an object or a series of images.
In the Reading Room of 8 October 2015, Guus Beumer (director of Het Nieuwe Instituut) took the exhibition as subject of reflection. You can listen to this evening’s discussion via the links below.
Guus Beumer, who studied social sciences, has been director of Het Nieuwe Instituut since January 2013. In the 1980s Beumer was a journalist for publications including Avenue, Marie-Claire and HP-De Tijd and in the 1990s was art director of the fashion labels orson + bodil and SO. From 2005 he was director of Marres, House for Contemporary Culture and Bureau Europa/NAiM, both in Maastricht.
The Reading Room is a series of evening exploring contemporary forms of reading. It is a place to decipher and interpret the world with its countless languages, signs and systems, including ideas and things that are hard to identify, let alone read. Guided by a researcher, designer or scholar, a small audience will reflect upon a text, a design, an object or a series of images. Reading Room is a space for intimate, provocative conversations.
This Thursday Night is part of the Temporary Fashion Museum project.