On Sunday afternoon 16 April at SCHUNCK, we opened the exhibition Gluckauf by Bertien van Manen in the museum hall for a private party.
But that was not all. New exhibitions were also opened in the store window, +1, Aad de Haas gallery and the staircase, by Chaim van Luit, Marie Frioni, final-year students of Sintermeertencollege and Fiona Lutjenhuis, respectively.
In a packed Glaspaleis, after the first snack and drink, SCHUNCK director Kor Bonnema took the floor. He talked about the start of a true 'spring offensive' at SCHUNCK museum, with no less than five new exhibitions. He gave visitors a sneak preview of the new Kijkdepot to be opened at SCHUNCK (September '23) - a unique concept that has never before been shown in this form in Europe.
Next to speak was artistic director Fabian de Kloe, who particularly mentioned the role of the mining past in the various exhibitions now on show. The exhibitions are in the hands of three generations of makers, most of whom (partly) grew up in Heerlen. So did Bertien van Manen. "We are proud to present this exhibition, which contains much previously unseen material, and the accompanying book."
After speeches by Hripsimé Visser, former curator of photography at the Stedelijk Museum and connoisseur of Bertien van Manen's work, and alderman for culture Jordy Clemens, the five exhibitions were declared 'open'.