What happens with all the artwork when a museum closes? In many instances it gets lost and forgotten in storage units, a problem Netherlands’ cultural sector has been facing for many years. OODE is the first gallery in the Netherlands to take those forgotten pieces and gives them a second chance.
Curated by Marleen Kurves, the founder of OODE gallery, the collection is constantly growing. OODE works together with the Foundation of Disinherited Goods to bring to public pieces that would otherwise be forgotten. Foundation of Disinherited Goods is a nonprofit group founded in 2012 by three cultural entrepreneurs: Dieuwertje Wijsmuller, Kathy Marchand and Jolande Otten.
Since its launch in 2014, the collection has evolved by incorporating contemporary artwork from Dutch emerging artists. Some of designs currently displayed are from Dirk vander Kooij, atelier Robotiq, Studio Roex, Alexander Pelikan, Steven Banken and Arnout Meijer.
The gallery is an eclectic mix of old and new, in a setting that looks welcoming and cozy. Unlike traditional exhibits of art, OODE lets you explore the artwork. By combining orphaned art with contemporary design, OODE creates a new value for the lost art, and makes it more easily accessible.
The artwork can also be purchased online on OODE’s website. Take a look at their latest findings!
*All images and information courtesy of OODE.