Schipbreukeling – Mathieu Charles

sonsbeek archive

Foto: J. Shaw, T. Botschuijver, S. Wellesley-Miller, Homage to Bladen, 19 juni 1971 t/m 15 augustus 1971.

In the run-up to sonsbeek20→24, we are creating a special archive that will bring together the present, past and future.

Sonsbeek is known both nationally and internationally as a pioneering exhibition for contemporary art in the public sphere. The first four editions (1949, 1952, 1955, 1958) took place regularly, after which sonsbeek was organised at irregular intervals (1966, 1971, 1986, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2016) by an ever-changing organisation. Material from these exhibitions is scarce and also dispersed among various archives in the Netherlands.

We are looking for photographs, film and video material, documents and objects from every sonsbeek edition between 1949 and 2016. We are also looking for personal stories – do you have an interesting memory, anecdote or account from the distant or recent past? Share it with us!

Thanks to the documents, objects and oral history that we collect, the future archive will include a multitude of voices and perspectives on sonsbeek exhibitions and the exhibited artworks. The archive will ensure that future generations know more about us, and that others will be able to better research sonsbeek and its unique history.

We will regularly give you an update about the gems we have found so far and the stories behind them. Are you in the possession of documents, photographs or stories about sonsbeek-editions in the past? Please contact us via

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