Art project

This art project was initiated in 1983 by the Dutch Art Foundation (NKS). Designer John den Besten designed twelve transparent cases, after which artists throughout the country were called upon to develop ideas for filling these cases. The overarching theme was 'The Journey'. The artists were limited by the size and parallelogram shape of the case and the materials the case was made of (a welded metal frame and transparent plastic film).

Twelve artists were chosen from 100 entries and were commissioned to fill a suitcase: Klaus Peter Boegel, Boudewijn Corstiaensen, Michael Gibbs, Theo van de Goor, Heinz Georg Holtappels, Ronald in 't Hout, Ko de Jonge, Wijo Koek, Bob Lens , Johan Oskam, Flavio Pons and Roel QoQo.

The suitcases of Borderless Content are part of the national collection that is managed by the RCE. In August 2019, the twelve suitcases were transferred to the Ateliergebouw in Amsterdam for educational purposes. First-year Master's students of the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage program (specialization Contemporary Art) at the University of Amsterdam were asked to conserve and restore the twelve suitcases of Borderless Content as part of their first-year program. The aim was to preserve the artworks to a degree of stability suitable for future exhibitions. The physical integrity is preserved, and the artists' original intentions can be made clear to the public. For this, they interviewed the artists or their relatives. After all, no artist works without intellectual baggage but with a suitcase full of memories, desires, ideas and ideals.

The transparent suitcases will be exhibited in the post office of Museum Het Schip, where they will be in an entourage of mail items that have just arrived or are about to leave.

In May 2021, the RCE published an extensive article about the project in their own magazine. Read the article here.