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Why Patterns

Noa Eshkol, Daan Gielis, Radna Rumping, Sergei Tcherepnin, Hannah Weinberger, Milan Grygar, Lina Lapelyte, Les Trucs

Group exhibition

2 April – 11 June 2017
Vleeshal (Map)

Curator: Roos Gortzak


Why Patterns? was a group exhibition that brought together contemporary and historical artists who share a common interest in experimental music. In their work, they explore forms of coincidence, improvisation, and abstract notational systems.

The exhibition included sound sculptures, audio, scores, textiles, video, drawings, and performance. Its title was borrowed from a 1978 musical composition by Morton Feldman with the same name. Feldman was one of the many international composers and musicians that Ad van ‘t Veer brought to Middelburg for the high-profiled festival Nieuwe Muziek, which ran from 1976 to 2003.

For his composition ‘Why Patterns?’ Feldman was inspired by abstract expressionism and rugs from the Middle East. Feldman saw a link between the way in which carpet makers dealt with pattern making, in which one pattern was never more significant than another, and the way in which he worked as a composer. The exhibition Why Patterns? explored how non-hierarchal methodologies are being used in artistic practice today.


Vleeshal is an internationally oriented center for contemporary art, rooted in Zeeland. In Zeeland Focus, Vleeshal highlights regional artists, takes part in and celebrates local contemporary art and culture.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and the municipality of Middelburg.

Vleeshal wishes to thank the department of culture, Kanton Basel-Stadt for their additional financial support.