29 June -16 September 2012

The Museum of Forgotten History

MuHKA, Antwerp, BE

Curated by: Maarten Vanden Eynde in collaboration with Nav Haq

With works by: Joachim Bandau, Luis F. Benedit, Guillaume Bijl, Sjoerd Buisman, James Lee Byars, Leo Copers, Tony Cragg, Thierry De Cordier, Luc Deleu, Jimmie Durham, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Fortuyn/ O’Brien, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Jiří Hynek Kocman, John Körmeling, George Lilanga, Edward Lipski, Bernd Lohaus, Allan McCollum, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, David Nash, Panamarenko, Paul Perry & Jouke Kleerebezem, Hermann Pitz, Guy Rombouts, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Ludwig Vandevelde, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Franz West and objects from the Vrielynck Collection

Location: MuHKA Museum, Antwerp, BE


Museum of Forgotten History

The Museum of Forgotten History houses the remnants of a possible future past. The artefacts that together form the collection for this semi-fictional institution are the pieces of a puzzle being used here for providing interpretations of the period we know as late capitalism. Viewed from the perspective of civilization at an ambiguous point in the future, The Museum of Forgotten History aspires to fill the missing links that occur due to the constant evolution of history.

Since 2003, Vanden Eynde has been developing an invented field of research called Genetology – the science of first things – as a personal counter-perspective to the existing science of Eschatology – the science of last things. Touching on numerous subjects of social and political relevance such as post-industrialism, capitalism and ecology, the exhibits in this exhibition will offer a perspective on the condition of society at the beginning of the 21st Century. Presenting these unusual objects, all constructed from a variety of natural and artificial materials, Vanden Eynde continues to build up a body of material research through the methodology of looking back towards the modern origins of “progress”. - Nav Haq