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The small museum is a tiny museum, visible only at night, housed in one of the announcement cabinets on the facade of Paradiso. Almost invisible to the public eye, amidst the busy daily life of Amsterdam and commuters racing by on the Weteringschans, the small museum sits and waits quietly for the sun to set. After sundown, city life changes gears, and Amsterdam’s vibrant nightlife comes to life. This is when the museum shines its light.

Open only from dusk till dawn, the small museum zooms in on smaller, less prominent topics and asks us to slow down in our busy, sometimes hectic lives.

Until Friday April 12th 2024, artist Gabey Tjon a Tham will exhibit at the museum. The following artists that will be Heleen Blanken. Artists that have previously exhibited in the Small Museum are Lernert & Sander, Our Polite Society, Machine, Charlott Markus, Bogomir Doringer and many more.

The small museum is an initiative by Paradiso.

Currently: vec4(red,green,blue,alpha) by Gabey Tjon a Tham


vec4(red,green,blue,alpha) (2023-2024) by Gabey Tjon a Tham

vec4(red,green,blue,alpha) by Gabey Tjon a Tham

From January 19th till April 12th, the small museum is proud to present vec4(red,green,blue,alpha) by Gabey Tjon a Tham.

Gabey Tjon a Tham explores the complex systems found in both nature and our digital world and how they influence each other through ever-evolving sequences. In her current practice, she focuses on working with site-specific experiences to reflect on environments in which natural and digital agents operate, each with its own time cycles and behaviour: influencing a living system in the making. The work vec4(red,green,blue,alpha) (2023-2024) is a generative virtual environment based on the urban space around Paradiso that is influenced in real time by weather conditions and the day and night rhythms of physical reality. This environment is characterised as Amsterdam's busiest square that is constantly in motion, where different players appear, interact, disappear and make way for others again. Within these urban dynamics, the work integrates the digital dimension that is an inseparable part of our daily lives in many visible and invisible ways. By showing elements that relate to how the computer perceives, draws and interweaves this virtual location with aspects of the physical environment, the work creates a possible new nature of which digital artefacts are a part.

Concept, development, 3D graphics - Gabey Tjon a Tham
3D graphics technical support, Unity 3D development - Neander Giljam (Katpatat)
3D graphics technical support - Rob Bothof

Curation: Rosa Cherim
Production: Sanne Lohof & Tom Lavrenenko


Artists that have exhibited in the small museum:

Lernert en Sander x De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig (2015)
Tereza Ruller (2016)
Our Polite Society (2016)
Bart de Baets (2016)
Job, Joris en Marieke (2017)
Our Machine (2018)
Studio Remco van Bladel (2018)
Paul Nassenstein (2018)
Annegien van Doorn (2019)
ADRIAN & GIDI (2019)
212 Fahrenheit (2020)
Charlott Markus (2020)
Martin La Roche (2021)
Studio A Heart That Works (2021)
Kwinnie Lê (2021)
Bogomir Doringer (2023-2024)

View the artist archive here
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Podcast: small museum talk

The small museum also has a podcast! Although the small museum does not have a huge amount of space for artworks, there is endless room to talk about the artworks. In the podcast "small museum talk," curator Rosa Cherim zooms in on the stories surrounding the artworks in the museum and talks to several artists who have exhibited at the museum.

In addition to the small museum talk podcast, the small museum created a one-time podcast series on nightmakers. This podcast series was part of the research project the Small Museum conducted in the fall of 2021 to investigate the role of art and culture in nightlife. The result of this research is a five-part podcast series and three different artworks by Bogomir Doringer, Gabey Tjon a Tham and Heleen Blanken that will be exhibited at the museum in 2023/2024.

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Founder: Jeldau Kwikkel
Curator & Conservator: Rosa Cherim
Production: Paradiso
Communications: Paradiso
Graphic Design: Sander Puhl

Weteringschans 6-8
1017 SG Amsterdam
020 626 452

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