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University Museum Exhibitions Previous 2014

For Infinity: From the Shadows. Four centuries of art at the University

Exhibition University Museum, 10 April to 1 December 2014

The University of Groningen owns a great deal of art. Wherever you are in University buildings, whichever office or workspace you enter, in every stairwell and courtyard, you will come across a work of art. It could be a painting, a monumental mural or a bust, but it could also simply be a finely worked bannister or an architectural detail.
Together with the University Museum, the University Art Committee displayes a major part of these works of art: the beautiful, special or just plain interesting art were taken ‘from the shadows’!

The 'From the Shadows' exhibition has been divided into ‘chapters’, each one constructed around a special object or work of art. The infamous Academy Building fire is one of the subjects, depicted in impressive photographs. The architecture of the new Academy Building, which replaced it, is also dealt with, with its architectural style which can be described as ‘academic’. Blueprints, photos and other material were on display.
Other ‘chapters’ concentrate on anthropological artefacts, unknown portraits and busts of famous scientists. Works of art acquired as part of the former 'Beeldende Kunstenaarsregeling' (Visual Artists Regulation) that have decorated University buildings are also displayed.

The exhibition ends with a huge wall covered with unknown art from the University buildings. It is wonderful to be able to show a number of renowned 'De Ploeg' artworks, taken ‘from the shadows’ of the administrative offices in the Oude Boteringestraat. This collection is displayed in nineteenth-century Salon manner, with art covering the walls from top to bottom, mature and budding work, professional and amateur: the artistic university in a few square metres!

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