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04 Apr 2017 - 09 Apr 2017

National Museumweek at the Cobra Museum: Slow Art

Museum Week 2017 at the Cobra Museum. Our real gold: Slow Art

Did you know that the average visitor looks at a painting, only 10 to 20 seconds? What if we do not want to see every piece of art, but longer dwell on only a few? The Cobra Museum focusses during the National Museumweek 2017 on Slow Art.

Art seems to have become a knowledge race.

More often it seems to be all about what you visited instead of what what you have experienced. It became more important how many exhibits you have attended than what you have actually really saw. The Cobra Museum will therefore become a slow museum in the National Museumweek. And we turn the tables as well. We will not tell you what to see. You’re going to tell us what you see!

The Cobra Museum offers during the National Museumweek

  • 5 times a Slow Art Walk ©
  • Masterclass Visible Thinking (April 8th 11:30)
  • International Slow Art Day, in association with the Slow Art movements around the world with masterclass, social media and tours.

 

 

 

Why Slow Art?

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

Henry David Thoreau *

  • When people look at art slowly, they discover incredible things.
  • The most important discovery is perhaps that everyone is his own art expert
  • And that’s a great discovery. It opens everyone’s passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers.

So, pass by during the National Museumweek and join the events.

There are Slow Art Walks April 7 at 15:00. On April 8 at 12:30 and 15:00 and on April 9 at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:30 You can sign in at the kassa five minutes before the start, if you want to be 100% sure, reserve a spot here (charges here € 0.60).

> The Mastertraining Visible Thinking by Gundy van Dijk (Thinking Museum) plus subsequent Slow Art Walk will be on April 8 at 11:30

> Performance Kolding Musikskole. Classical concert by world-famous Danish music school (Vivaldi, Haydn, Zempleni, Kuhla, Ibert) April 8 starting at 14:00 (no reservation required)

The National Museumweek and the International Slow Art Day

This year, the International Slow Art Day takes place during of the National Museumweek on April 8. The Cobra Museum takes this opportunity to fill in the National Museum Week in an unique way.

Because when people look at art slowly, they discover incredible things. The Slow Art movement is an internationally growing movement in which the Cobra Museum takes a leading role in the Netherlands. The Cobra Museum is working for three years now with the international Slow Art day and with Slow Art in general.

How does it work?

A Slow Art Walk ©, a unique by the Cobra Museum developed guided tour, takes you along only a few works of art (rather than the whole exhibition). Together with a group you look carefully. Every participant will be asked through specific viewing strategies what he or she actually sees. You will find out that other participants often see other aspects and therefore have other associations with the same artwork. Mutually you build a story and at the end of the Slow Art Walk everybody share’s the experience with each other accompanied by a glass of wine.

On Slow Art Day itself, April 8, you can also share your experiences globally via liveblogs.

There are Slow Art Walks April 7 at 15:00. On April 8 at 12:30 and 15:00 and on April 9 at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:30 You can sign in at the kassa five minutes before the start, if you want to be 100% sure, reserve a spot here (charges here € 0.60).

> The Mastertraining Visible Thinking by Gundy van Dijk (Thinking Museum) plus subsequent Slow Art Walk will be on April 8 at 11:30

> Performance Kolding Musikskole. Classical concert by world-famous Danish music school (Vivaldi, Haydn, Zempleni, Kuhla, Ibert) April 8 starting at 14:00 (no reservation required)

Where does Slow Art originate from?  

Although the answer to this question won’t help you in any way to enjoy the art, we give you some background information. Slow Art began in 2008 with one person at the Jewish Museum in New York. Since the day that Phil Terry decided not to do a museumtour and visit all artworks in one hour, but longer dwell on only a few works, leaving the rest to be unseen. This he repeated several times each time with a larger group of friends and they started to share experiences with each other. From here arose the first Slow Art Day in 2009.

At the same time Harvard University developed a methodology called Visible Thinking. This methodology was tested in museums to investigate whether there is more knowledge to be discovered when questioning viewers via specific methods. By stimulating good observing and consequently forming thoughtful interpretations it created entirely new knowledge about the artworks. Knowledge not immediately seen by art historians. They call this method the See-Think-Wonder methodology.

In 2014, the Cobra Museum was the first museum in the Netherlands to embrace the International Slow Art Day. From that point on the Cobra Museum also developed its own Slow Art Walk © using the Visible Thinking method. Every last Sunday of the month it take’s place. The art of the CoBrA movement lends itself perfectly to have a long slow observation.

 

 * American essayist, teacher, social philosopher, naturalist and poet

 

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