In the past years there were guided tours at the RijksakademieOPEN, but these tours were mainly given by the people who work here, or by some of the artists. Tours were mostly focused on providing information about the artists – or they were a performance in themselves. There is a great demand for these tours so now the Rijksakademie organized a masterclass for art mediation. A small group of people who are connected to the arts themselves, and who are experienced in giving tours were invited and a new type of tours was set up, in which the guide does not necessarily explain what the visitors see, rather enters into a dialogue with the visitors on what they are seeing. A more open and dynamic approach where the public is not only a perceiver of the artwork, but is requested to enter it, look at it, think about it and discuss it.
Kids might be extremely critical while speaking about art. This is also one of the reasons why we decided to make a small series of interviews with kids. Daan is 6 years old and he has been drawing on one of the hallways while waiting for his mother.
"I like films mainly. The one when a man is turning around (Daan is demonstrating the movement) and the one with a tree destroying a house. Maybe I would like to be an artist too one day.” Daan is referring to artworks by Deniz Buga and Roderick Hietbrink.
(text AF, image JB)