This exhibition sheds light on the foundation of the Society for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Vereniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst or V.M.H.K.) on the basis of archive research and interviews with people who were involved. Its initiator, Karel Geirlandt (1919-89) worked for decades to establish an independent Museum of Contemporary Art. This aim was achieved in two steps: the Museum of Contemporary Art was set up in 1975 but was housed in the Museum of Fine Art; in 1999, it was finally given its own building and a new name: the Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst or S.M.A.K.).
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