Two seemingly very different collections meet in Double Act: the monumental video installations by the American Kramlich family on the one hand, and the 17th-century paintings of Centraal Museum on the other. Contemporary greats like Bill Viola, Marina Abramović, Bruce Nauman and Steve McQueen rub shoulders with top pieces by the renowned Utrecht painters Abraham Bloemaert, Roeland Saverij, Jan van Scorel, Dirck van Baburen and Gerard van Honthorst. The combination works like a mirror for the soul; let yourself be immersed in the emotions in these old and new masterpieces.

About the Kramlich Collection

With more than 150 film, video and media installations from the 1960s to the present, the Kramlich collection is regarded as one of the best and most comprehensive private collections of media art in the world. The emphasis in collecting is on works that reflect on aesthetic, ethical and social contemporary issues. Artists from North American, European and Asian countries are represented in the collection. During Double Act, a part of this remarkable collection, which has never been displayed outside of America, in on show.

Mediaguide

In the media guide you can listen to speakers who share their stories based on their own expertise, passion or interest: psychiatrist and philosopher Damiaan Denys, climate-change activist Chihiro Geuzebroek, and spoken-word artist Amber-Helena Reisig. The museum’s artistic director, Bart Rutten, also explains his fascination with video art.

You can use the media guide directly on your own device. If possible, use your own headphones so you can listen to the speakers’ contributions without disturbing others. 

Magazine

A beautifully designed magazine is published exclusively for Double Act. With contributions from Ramon Coelho, Aebhric Coleman, Marian Cousijn, Catharina van Daalen, Liesbeth M. Helmus, Shannon Jackson, Jorinde Keesmaat, Iris Kensmil, Pam Kramlich, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Bart Rutten Fiona Tan and Gaby Wijers. The magazine is available at the museum, pay as you like.

Collaboration ILFU
The Centraal Museum is collaborating with the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU). Together we have commissioned a number of writers to write about the combinations made from Double Act. The names of the authors will be announced later.

Participating artists
Marina Abramović, Allora & Calzadilla, Dirck van Baburen, Jan van Bijlert, Abraham Bloemaert, Hendrick Bloemaert, Ambrosius Bosschaert de Jonge, Jan Gerritsz. van Bronchorst, Johan van Bronchorst, Hendrik ter Brugghen, Michiel de Bruyn van Berendrecht, Hendrick Goltzius, Gerard van Honthorst, Steve McQueen, Johannes Moreelse, Paulus Moreelse, Richard Mosse, Takashi Murata, Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, Roelant Saverij, Jan van Scorel, Johannes ten Stall, Adam van Vianen, Bill Viola, Cornelis Jansz. Van Weerdenborch.

Image: Richard Mosse, Madonna and Child, 2012 and Hendrick ter Brugghen, Sleeping Mars, c. 1625-26. House TMM commissioned by Centraal Museum Utrecht, 2022.