The De Pont Museum is around the corner from The Textile Museum. In a town, that every guidebook on the Netherlands, tells you to skip, there are two incredibly interesting museums. Both museums are in old factories. The De Pont Museum has a lot in common with Mass MOCA and DIA Beacon. All three are enormous, have large collections of contemporary art and all three have tried to preserve the architectural integrity of the buildings.
The De Pont Museum was founded by lawyer, Jan de Pont. Opened in 1992 with 670 works by national (Dutch) and international artists. The museum is housed in a former wool mill. There are series of rooms called the “devil pens” which are used for small works in a series. In addition, there are small wool storage rooms ( a corridor of approximately 150 ft.) suitable for small works.
“I spend a lot of time up scaffold towers during the making of large wall drawings, so the experience of being high up on a scaffolds intimately associated with process, the tension between the idea of the work and the completion of the work; between something not existing and existing,it’s a kind of fantasy space, it is a precarious moment. When the scaffold is gone I always miss it”. Work I echoes the lean yet unintentional aesthetics of this structure, which combines maximum strength, with maximum temporality. Similarly the reality of art itself is often temporary – it is put up, installed, then stored or erased.” Fiona Banner
“Good artists have money and I’m not going to pretend that’s not true,” “It’s a big operation that I need to fund. Sculpture is not like painting, it takes months, sometimes close to a year. It’s a time-consuming affair. I’m very lucky that there are people who want to buy what I make. I have a very sophisticated relationship with money.” Anish Kapoor from the The Guardian.
We are very lucky, we don’t have to pay to enjoy the work of Anish Kapoor.