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The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is one of the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. The museum’s collection of around 2700 works of art includes key works and archives by Lissitzky, Picasso, Kokoschka, Chagall, Beuys, McCarthy, Daniëls and Körmeling. The museum has an experimental approach towards art’s leading role in society. Openness, hospitalilty and knowledge exchange are important. We challenge ourselves and our visitors to think about art and its place in the world, covering a range of subjects, including the role of the collection as cultural ‘memory’ and the museum as a public site.


“Art and artists are the places and people that can show us how the world is changing. Given the rapid economic advances in Asia over the past 20 years, it seems essential that new cultural connections are built across the continent so that we can all gain a greater understanding of what is happening at the roots of Asia's different societies. The Multitude Art Prize offers a wonderfully multi-faceted project to achieve this. With its nomadic exhibition and discussion programme, Multitude can build up a series of rich encounters across Asia and offer a unique new insight into what our collective future might hold.”

Charles Esche, Director



The Július Koller Society (SJK) is a non-profit association of citizens whose aim is to preserve, research, enrich and relate to the public the artistic heritage of Július Koller. A collection site and archive of the artist’s work, a research and study centre, as well as a place for public debate and reflection, the SJK organizes domestic and international projects and activities in the areas of fine arts, art history, visual studies and cultural theory.

It furthermore encourages the exchange of ideas and information in these fields, challenging the canons, geographies and master narratives of established art histories. Opposed to a reduction of arts and culture to their economic, populist or merely spectacular aspects, one main focus of the SJK is to research and highlight the specific conditions and histories of anti-canonical, peripheral and hitherto marginalized artistic practices.

The Július Koller Society is contributing to the long-term collaboration of L'Internationale with its unique archive of the Slovak artist Július Koller (1939-2007). His archive and artistic heritage covers a wide range of the visual culture of the socialist time – from design and technology to everyday culture – and is to a big extent in the hands of SJK.

The Reina Sofia is the Spanish National Museum of Contemporary Art. It opened its collections in 1992 with a unique selection of works by both Spanish and international artists, having as its central focus Guernica, the famous icon against violence painted by Pablo Picasso during the Spanish Civil War. The Reina Sofía Museum also offers an intense programme of temporary exhibitions and public activities and holds a Contemporary Art Library and Archive, as well as a Research and Education Centre. The Reina Sofia is concerned with the redefinition of the public sphere in contemporary societies as well as with the new roles of culture and its institutions.

SALT is an independent not-for-profit cultural institution. Founded by Garanti Bank in 2011, SALT is the largest cultural institution in public service sustained by the private sector in Turkey.

SALT explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture and cultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking.

SALT conducts research, develops archives, generates publications and hosts exhibitions, lectures, conferences, workshops, educational programmes and video and film screenings in the fields of contemporary art, social and economic history, architecture, design and urbanism.

By approaching issues with an open perspective and establishing itself as a site of learning and debate, and aiming to excite and challenge its users by encouraging them to offer critique and response.

SALT's activities are distributed between two 19th century buildings in Beyoğlu and Galata. SALT Ulus will open in Ankara in late 2012.

The mission of the Museum for Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) is to explore, present and research contemporary art production in the horizon of today's socio-economic conditions. Over the last decade, the Museum has adopted a leader position not only through the well-researched exhibitions dealing with key aspects of a metamorphic Modernity but also through an intense public programming, the newly founded Research Center, the critical Study Programme and its commitment towards education. The collection is a key reference tool of the institution to develop its program guidelines. With over 4000 works, it is an example of research into a non-canonical understanding of art history. The whole represents an effort towards a different reading of how Modernity takes place differently, how reception works in contemporary art as well as the best way to engage our audiences in understanding the place we are and the futures we can articulate from here in terms of culture.

L'internationale represents the possibility to understand our research with the collection in a collaborative context creating a system of partnership with institutions sharing the same sense of responsibility towards art history writing and education. Access is key to the project. The MACBA collection will then become a source for others to study and exhibit works creating a fruitful form of dialogue and interpretations of the materials.