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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 Sunday April 14th 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: Frame of Reference by Heleen Blanken

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Frame of Reference by Heleen Blanken

Frame of Reference by Heleen Blanken

From April 19th through July 16th, the small museum is proud to present Frame of Reference by Heleen Blanken.

The work 'Frame of Reference' of Heleen Blanken aims to manipulate the perspective of the viewer. Inspired by quantum physics and the superposition principle, the work plays with the scientific idea that tiny particles like atoms and electrons can be in more than one state (and place) at the same time, as long as the viewer doesn't check on them. 'Frame of Reference' plays and reflects upon these concepts, casting doubt on the location of an object with changes in light and without giving a definitive place. It intriguies visitors with its mysterious nature, and thereby raising questions about the objectivity of our perception of reality.

The appearance of the work refers to a religious icon artifact, but here it serves the realm of science rather than religion. The hallucinatory effect draws a connection to the historical and contemporary significance of Paradiso. Once occupied by De Vrije Gemeente, a Dutch community deeply immersed in spirituality and mysticism, it now serves as a temple for nightlife, a realm where we frequently find ourselves immersed in an alternate reality and where our perceptions transform.

​Heleen Blanken is a visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. She levitates across the fields of installation art, new media, cinematography, scenography, and sculpture. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Influenced by the complex exchange between humanity and the natural environment, her artistic practice explores the different layers of our aesthetic perception of the natural world while defining traditional artistic dichotomies like the organic vs. artificial and analog vs. digital. In her work, she raises questions on how we contemplate ideas of nature.

Artwork by Heleen Blanken
Technical engineering: Daniël de Bruin
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)
Gabey Tjon a Tham (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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