About MU

MU | Strijp S

Torenallee 40-06

Opening hours (during exhibitions)
On Monday we're closed
Tuesday to Friday 10.00-18.00 h
Saturday 11.00- 17.00 h
Sunday 13.00-17.00 h

Opening hours (in-between exhibitions)
Monday to Friday 10.00-17.00 h


Admission is 3 Euros.
Opening events, every first Saturday of a new exhibition there's no admission. No admission for every person below 18.

MU zooms in on the hybrid here, now, and later of visual culture. MU is an adventurous guide to all art lovers with a keen interest in the energetic mix of design, fashion, music, architecture, and new media that contemporary art is. Attracting a wide audience, MU is a meeting place and inspirational breeding ground for creative Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and the world. MU initiates and co-produces. MU regularly challenges international artists to realise their dreams, or to stage their first large presentation, solo, or in a group.

MU shows what art can be, not what art should be.
The name MU is derived from a Japanese character meaning ‘synergy’. In Zen Buddhism, however, mu has a deeper meaning, one that is even more typical of MU. In Zen, mu stands for ‘nothing’, ‘not one’, ‘not zero’, ‘not yes’, ‘not no’. It creates the possibility to put an end to black-and-white thinking, to leave questions unanswered, and to show what is happening next.

Many of the projects that MU has realised in the past fifteen years have been made possible through a branched-out network of contacts. Among the cooperating artists were illustrious names such as Kim Gordon, Susan Cianciolo, Han Hoogerbrugge, Ari Marcopoulos, Peter Sutherland, Swoon, D-Fuse, Scanner, Geoff McFetridge, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, Genevieve Gauckler, and Eva + Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.org. For a complete overview see: exhibition/archives

Since 1998, MU has been located on the first floor of De Witte Dame, a former Philips factory in the centre of Eindhoven. Among the other parties located in De Witte Dame are Design Academy Eindhoven, Philips Design, Openbare Bibliotheek (Public Library), and CBK De Krabbedans (Centre for Visual Arts De Krabbedans).

Since July 2014 MU has moved to building Gerard Strijp S, Eindhoven.

MU is subsidised by the City of Eindhoven, the Province of North-Brabant, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In addition, MU is financially supported by a number of structural and project-driven sponsors. The exhibitions in MU attract annually around 20,000 visitors, many of whom are young people.

The director of MU is Angelique Spaninks. Productionmanager is Kor Smeenge. Bureaumanager is Kyra Meilink. Communicationmanager is Misha Hofman. Educational coördinator is Vivian van Gaal. Educational assistent Kimberley van Uden. Bjorn Maria Telkamp and Jez Halden are the Facility managers and the counter assistants.


Maya Hayuk mural

In 2010, Maya Hayuk had her first big Dutch solo show at MU, and now she is back in the Netherlands. For the tenth edition of Incubate, she will create a huge mural in the Hall of Fame in Tilburg. Maya Hayuk&rsquo …

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Brave New Now e-book

We're happy to announce a new e-book! In Brave New Now you find a collection of specially commissioned short stories set in a fictional future city. The idea of this city was born in MU during the project …

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GenderBlender Magazine!

GenderBlender Magazine is online now!   Last Friday during the crowded GenderBlender opening, we launched the magazine that was specially made for the GenderBlender exhibition. In collaboration with the …

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We're MUving!

Here we go! On 1 August, MU is moving permanently to its new location inside the Gerard building in the Strijp S area. Naturally, the move comes with a new set of address details: MU | Strijp S …

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