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Biography Jean Leering

'Het gaat om heel eenvoudige dingen': Jean Leering en de kunst

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  • Extensive biography about Jean Leering, a driven idealist, mentor, writer and gentleman activist, whose influence is still very relevant in the current discussions about the social role of art and museums
  • Winner of the AICA Prize!

Author: Paul Kempers
Design: Sam de Groot
Series: vis-à-vis

2018, Valiz | supported by Stichting Jaap Harten Fonds, Mondriaan Fund, Fonds voor Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten, Charema Fonds voor geschiedenis en kunst (Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), Stichting Art Dock | paperback | 336 pp. | 23,5 x 16,5 cm (portrait size) | Dutch | ISBN 978-94-92095-07-7

An extensive intellectual biography on Jean Leering (1934-2005), the highly active museum director (Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven 1964-73, Tropenmuseum Amsterdam 1973-75), documenta 4 curator (1986), engaged educator, activist, writer and organizer. Influenced by Willem Sandberg’s ideas on the museum as a place where the visitor’s consciousness should be activated, he was committed to developing new models for exhibiting and exhibitions. Four decades after his retirement from the Van Abbe and Tropenmuseum, a new generation of young curators and museum directors is generously borrowing from and revisiting his ideas on the role of the museum in society.