The Custodia Foundation Expands after Closing the Institut Néerlandais

14/1/14 - Museum - Paris, Fondation Custodia - We had mentioned here the upcoming - and much regretted - closing of the Institut Néerlandais, following the cuts in funding provided by the Dutch government. This is now the case since last 1st January of this year.

Consequently, the Fondation Custodia which owns the Hôtel Lévis Mirepoix (the Institut Néerlandais rented it) stopped to think about the future of the building and concluded that it should maintain its cultural vocation.
Thus, the Foundation’s library will now be able to expand to the fourth floor of the building, enabling it to enjoy a large room open to readers interested in a vast choice of works with free access. The Institut Néerlandais donated its literary holdings and works for young people to the library at the University of Lille 3. However, art history as well as literature and studies of Dutch literature up to 1800 will remain at the Foundation, as will the holdings of history, architecture and Dutch topography and design. No date has been provided for the opening of this new library (sometime in 2014) but it will remain open during the remodeling (from Monday to Friday, 2 pm to 6 pm).

The exhibition rooms on the first floor and those in the basement (used mainly by the Institut Néerlandais for contemporary art) will now welcome exhibitions by the Fondation Custodia.
The third floor will be rented out to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its cultural department which will organize exhibitions on photography and contemporary art. Finally, on the second floor, the Foundation is currently in talks with the Terra Foundation, devoted to American art of the colonial period in the mid-20th century and well-known to our readers, in order to organize exhibitions in Paris. We sincerely hope this project will see the light.

In concluding, we would like to point out that the next exhibition at the Fondation Custodia which is to take place from 22 March to 22 June 2014 will highlight the drawings from the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. We invite our readers to consult our exhibition calendar which is updated regularly.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 14 janvier 2014

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