The Materiality of the Invisible

The Materiality of the Invisible opens on the 29th of August in Maastricht, at the Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa. The exhibition approaches contemporary art as a form of archaeology. New and strange worlds are uncovered, exposing current and social political realities. The artists' discoveries, narratives, and installations propose speculative pasts and futures. The combined exhibitions offer insights into our existence and make visible what inhabits the imagination.

We will be showing new work, The Stick and the Stone, as well as Nire ama Roman hil da, of which the video is now subtitled into English. Accompanying this installation is a new publication, 400m, which has been printed at the Charles Nypels Lab at the Van Eyck.

The Materiality of the Invisible shows the results of the multi-year EU project NEARCH - New scenarios for a community-involved archaeology, in which six international artists were selected by the Van Eyck to collaborate with different archaeological partners spread over Europe: Leyla Cardenas (CO), Joey Bryniarska & Martin Westwood (GB), Rosella Biscotti (IT), Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (ES, NL), Matthew C. Wilson (USA), and Guiseppe Licari (IT).

Their work will be shown together with that of 24 other artists and artist duo’s: Lida Abdul, Semâ Bekirovic, Marinus Boezem, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Ruben Castro, Imran Channa, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Daniel Knorr, Jeroen Kooijmans, Irene Kopelman, Chaim van Luit, Mark Manders, Raewyn Martyn, Alice Miceli, RAAAF, Stéphanie Saadé, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Oscar Santillan, Daniel Silver, Studio Ossidiana, Marjan Teeuwen, Leonid Tsvetkov, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Roy Villevoye & Jan Dietvorst.

30 August - 26 November 2017

Tuesday 29 August: OPENING

18.00 hrs in the Van Eyck. Opening address by Michael Shanks, archaeologist and Professor of Classics at Stanford University
19.00 hrs in Marres
20.00 hrs in Bureau Europa

Thursday 31 August:

11.00 - 12.00 am, at Van Eyck:
The Material and the Invisible in Art and Archaeology
Michael Shanks wil engage in conversation with NEARCH artists Matthew Wilson, Joey Bryniarska and
Klaas van Gorkum and with the NEARCH archaeologists Kai Salas Rossenbach and Felipe Criado-Boado.

3.00 - 5.00 pm
Meet and speak with the NEARCH-artists in the venues:
Van Eyck: Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio
Marres: Martin Westwoord and Joey Bryniarski, Matthew Wilson
Bureau Europa: Leyla Cardenas

The exhibtions' opening coincides with the annual convention of the EAA - European Association of Archeologists - taking place in Maastricht from 30 August to 3 September.


Van Eyck
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht

Capucijnenstraat 98
6211 RT Maastricht

Bureau Europa
Boschstraat 9
6211 AS Maastricht