young children show in the sandberg hall
4 Nov 2007 - 6 Jan 2008

In the project Toeval gezocht (Accident wanted) 15 groups of children between the ages of 4 and 7 worked for six weeks, supported by artists and teachers at their schools.

The point of departure was the manner in which the artist pair Heringa/Van Kalsbeek work: collecting, investigating, arranging, searching again, experimenting, seeking the happy accident, with new materials, working together and individually. The children themselves determined the direction. The project was inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, and was intensively documented in photographs, words and on film.  

A selection from all the works and all the work processes from the 325 children is being exhibited. It can clearly be seen how the expressive languages of young children connect with the artistic languages of artists.

The Toeval gezocht exhibition opened on November 3 amid great interest, and is still to be seen through January 6 together, with Cruel Bonsai byHeringa/Van Kalsbeek.

On December 12 a symposium will be devoted toToeval gezocht in the museum. In addition to the project being presented and discussed, there will be lectures representing various points of view. The speakers are Robbert Dijkgraaf, university professor of mathematical physics, and Marjan Slob, philosopher and commentator. Writer Joke van Leeuwen will offer the closing reflections.

This project is the outcome of a collaboration involving the Stedelijk Museum, Huisingh Advice and Projects, Art and Culture North Holland, the Art Education Support Offices North Holland and Koers Nieuw West agency.

For further information: www.toevalgezocht.nl, or send an e-mail to educatie@stedelijk.nl

Active guided tours for families
The Stedelijk Museum organises active guided tours for children, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. During the guided tours, participants will complete tasks together and look at the work of Heringa/Van Kalsbeek and the results of the children’s project. Would you like to take part? Reserve a place at juniorclub@stedelijk.nl.

Dates: 16, 23 and 30 December and 6 January.

Time: 11.00 -12.30. 

Guided tours
On request, guided tours can be organised for groups of a maximum of 15 people. Please book at least two weeks in advance. For information about prices and reservations: educatie@stedelijk.nl or (020) 5732741.