About MU

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. 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. Production manager is Kor Smeenge. Office Manager is Kyra Meilink. Assistant Office Manager is Maud Bongers. Communication Manager is Misha Hofman. Educational coördinator is Vivian van Gaal. Program developer Public & Education is Kimberley van Uden. Program developer Fliplab is Danny van der Laan. Bjorn Maria Telkamp and Jez Halden are the Facility Managers and the counter assistants.

18-12-2014

Altered openinghours during holidays

MU will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December and the 1st of January 2015. From the 2nd of January until the 22nd of February, our exhibition Matter of Life | Growing new Bio Art & Design will be on display …

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12-12-2014

OPEN CALL | Bio Art & Design Award 2015

APPLY NOW for Bio Art & Design Award 2015!  Winners are gratend €25.000, to fully realize a new work of art or design that pushes the boundaries of research application and creative expression.  …

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09-12-2014

Adjusting the contours of nature | An essay by Regine Debatty

Regine Debatty (www.we-make-money-not-art.com) wrote an essay on the occasion of exhibition Matter Of Life, titled 'Adjusting the contours of nature'. You can read it here.  Recently she …

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24-10-2014

KNEELING | 5 years of making carpets

Tonight, the first book of We Make Carpets will be presented during the festive book launch, but starting now, the book is already on sale in our webshop! Specially for the exhibition Kneeling | Five years of We …

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