Rietveld Landscape - Pretty Vacant
The installation Pretty Vacant by design and research office Rietveld Landscape encourages visitors to take a fresh look at the museum’s ‘empty’ spaces. The blue window literally and figuratively sheds a new light on the space and complements the architecture of this medieval chapel. The window is based on the ‘negative spaces’ of Rietveld Landscape’s earlier installation Vacant.nl, which was the Dutch submission for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010. The installation in the Rietveld-designed pavilion in Venice proposed innovative uses for 10,000 disused public buildings in the Netherlands from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.
In the formerly unused space in the museum highlighted in Pretty Vacant, the Centraal Museum is exhibiting a changing selection of objects from the museum’s collection of twentieth- and twenty-first-century applied arts and design. Through the acquisition of this installation by Rietveld Landscape with support from the Mondriaan Fund, the Centraal Museum has realised its ambition of adding Vacant NL to the ‘Collectie Nederland’.