REOPENING MUSEUM DE LAKENHAL
Museum De Lakenhal reopened its collection in full in the restored museum rooms. From June 2019 onwards you can also see the result of the nine art commissions that Museum De Lakenhal gave during the restoration and expansion. This series of works offers a current view of the art, arts and crafts and history of Leiden. Commissions have been given to Mark Dion (USA), Sophie Ernst (Berlin / Oxford), Kolk and Kusters (Eindhoven), Hansje van Halem (Amsterdam), Karin Borghouts (Belgium), Aleksandra Gaca (Delft) and the artists from Leiden Iemke van Dijk, Ankie Stoutjesdijk and Thomas Raat. (Photo: Eelkje Colmjon)
Altered Inheritances: Home is a Foreign Place complicates notions of home and belonging with poetic and personal reflections on how geographical dislocation affects ordinary lives. The starting points are around the borders of South Asia, but with an awareness of impermanence and mobility as globally resonant experiences.
Accompanying this exhibtion of works by Shilpa Gupta and Zarina is a floor projection by Sophie Ernst. In the video Zarina recollects how she and her family inhabited its spaces until forced to leave in the violent aftermath of 1947 when India became independent from Britain and Pakistan was cleaved from it, with borders that remain politically tense and divisive.