Art Reserve Bank – Kunst Reserve Bank @ Amsterdam Zuidas

Update of 22-06-2012 : The Art Reserve Bank announces on their website that they have recently been invited to the headquarters of the Dutch National Bank to talk about the usage of the word Bank in Art Reserve Bank. The Dutch National Bank seems to ask (or command) them to let this part of the name go. If the word bank needs to go, I propose they rename their initiative to the Federal Art Reserve (-;

Yesterday I visited the Art Reserve Bank (Kunst Reserve Bank). They ask themselves a few questions about money down there. For example: Is there ever enough money in the world? Central banks in the US and Europe have been and still are creating dollars and euros at high volumes during the latest crisis. The Art Reserve Bank questions if there will ever be enough stuff (value) in the world to cover all the money created. The Art Reserve Bank has hence set up shop in the financial district of Amsterdam Zuidas. Their mission to create a new reserve currency. Real money with real value. At the teller window you can exchange your common money for limited edition artworks designed by top artists like John Körmeling, Marte Röling, Merijn Bolink, Jonas Staal, Erik van Lieshout and Marlene Dumas. Rumour has it that also Tracey Emin and Banksy will join the party. Unique artworks from € 100, the current exchange rate to the euro of this freshly created reserve currency. The money is stamped at the premises of the KRB. If this sounds to good to be true, then visit  Act quickly, because the exchange rate could start rising! Opening hours are on the site.


Right to Copy in Arts?

Last week I as was in the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. At the second floor of the museum I stumbled upon a painting from Ilya Bolotowsky, which was called ‘Spiral Movement’ (1951). It was the only painting in the museum that was hung dioganally. I, as a proud Dutchman, thought imediatly “But isn’t  Victory Boogie Woogie from Mondriaan that was made in 1942?!? This is a really bad forgery!”. The text board on the side explained that it was only inspired by Mondriaan…


The question that I have since then is the everlasting question “What is art?”. The MFA is a worldfamous museum, so if they exhibit this piece there, it must be art. Or is that too easily said? Why do I actually dislike a painting that is a simular to the original one? Why do I suddenly have nationalistic feelings? And what will become of  Art if we build machines that can really copy paintings and make identical pairs? I’m getting into a the copyright or right to copy discussion while being in a museum looking at 50 year old art… I think it is more about feelings that ratio, because I can’t think of a good explanation why somebody else wouldn’t have the right to copy this blog right now, except that they would hurt my feelings in a terrible way…