Four Dutch Museums acquire seminal work by Patricia Kaersenhout

The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven acquire through a joint venture the seminal work Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too, 2017-2021 by Patricia Kaersenhout.

Supported by Mondriaan Fund and Vereniging Rembrandt the four Dutch Museums developed under the guidance of the Frans Hals Museum a new iteration of this large installation. This latest version shows in its largest format four triangle formed tables seated by in total 60 Black heroic women of whom the majority is now forgotten. They deserve much more attention because of their fight against injustice. The ‘heroines of resistance’ are represented by tablerunners with their names embroidered on it. Glass work on the table represents the communal body. In its smallest form every museum can show 15 Black heroins at one table each. Currently this configuration is exhibited at the Frans Hals Museum. The table is by no means a static object but is activated to bring different groups and communities together. For example the table runners are not finished and probably never will. But they can be used to embroider further and whilst embroidering stories could be shared.

For an extended press release in English click here.

For earlier iterations of the work, an essay by Vivian Ziherl and an artist statement click here.

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Patricia Kaersenhout
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too, 2017-2021
Installation view at collection presentation ‘Who is she?’, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (NL)
photo: Charlott Markus