Public Space as a Place for Protest: Do You Hear The People Sing?


Crimsons panoramic drawing ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ will be part of the exhibition Who Owns The Street? in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, opening on February 20th 2016. ()

Van Abbemuseum, which is famous with its amazing El Lissitzky collectioni, is hosting the Crimson Arhictectural Historians panoramic drawing ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ together with three facinating works regarding contemporary public spaces.

The exhibition Who Owns The Street? shows different ways of seeing the street – our public space. Who uses this public space? Who manages, controls and abuses it? Who is the owner and what responsibilities does this ownership entail? The Van Abbemuseum has invited four guests who each worked on a particular aspect of the use of public space. This has resulted in four very different contributions: public space as a place for protest (Crimson Architectural Historians), a classification of a hundred different streets (ZUS), the design of the public space in The Strip in Las Vegas (!melk) and the project Refugee Republic about daily life in a refugee camp (the artist Jan Rothuizen, the multimedia journalist Martijn van Tol and the photographer Dirk Jan Visser, produced by Submarine Channel). All the contributions also refer to the legendary exhibition The Street which took place in the Van Abbemuseum in 1972.

The opening of the exhibition, which can be seen on the five floors of the tower in the museum’s new building will take place on Saturday 20 February at 4 p.m. with a performance of protest songs. (


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