Huis museum – David Bernstein

Posted on Jun 27, 2016

september 4, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – september 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm


Gift by Richard Grimaldi

Huis Museum – David Bernstein
Exhibition of my personal collection
Part of Heterotropics*

4 September – 24 September 2016
Opening 4 September, 4-7pm

Museum Perron Oost
Cruquiusweg 11, Amsterdam

With works, objects, and gifts by:

Yosuke Amamiya                                           Charles Benton

Katie Bode                                                     Marco Bruzzone

Jokūbas Čižikas                                            Marine Delgado

Nicole Demby                                                Yvonne Dröge Wendell

Shanon Ebner & Dexter Sinister                   Nick Foley & Kasia Wisniewski

Thomas Geiger w/ Jordan & Ivan                  Riccardo Giacconi

Marco Gobbi                                                  Vesko Gösel

Richard Grimaldi                                            Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson

Gerald Gulotta                                               Charlotte Hattenbach

Brynjar Helgasson                                         Jan Hoeft

Paoletta Holst                                                Sjap Holst

Sophia Holst                                                  Jan Kempenaers

David Kirshoff                                                Walter Kresnik

Ray Ray Mitrano                                            Miyeon Lee

Géraldine Longueville                                    Kelly Mcafferty

Melamo Fijnmetaal Techniek                         Rūtenė Merkliopaitė

MTA & Eye Bank of NYC                               Robertas Narkus

Aapo Nikanen                                                Tin Nguyen

Suat Ögüt                                                       Marija Olšauskaitė

Gerard Órtin                                                   Jurgis Paškevičius

Costabile Piccirillo                                          Martijn Riksen

Felicitas Rohden                                             Tomomi Shimizu

Rosa Sijben                                                    Emilija Škarnulytė

Greg Smith                                                     Jennifer Tee

Diego Tonus                                                   Studio Dennis Vanderbroek

Ineke van der Burg                                         Sarah Van Lamsweerde

Zena Verda Pesta                                           Andre Volten

Joep Vossebeld                                              Monika Zarzeczna

And others…

Museum Perron Oost calls itself the smallest museum in the world. It’s a tiny house on an old train platform in Amsterdam east. It’s one of my favorite museums because the lights are on all night long and you can look into the tiny house and see some of the strangest most endearing shows.

*Heterotropics is a curatorial project by Sara Giannini in collaboration with TAAK. It investigates remnants of colonial desire and exotic projection in Amsterdam. The Huis Museum will be included in Heterotropics’ first event on Sept. 24 with performances by Jacopo Miliani, myself, and an exhibition by Alex 2000 & Pauline Curnier Jardin.

Thanks to the support of Stadsdeel Oost and Mondriaan Fonds.

Huis Museum

Exhibition by David Bernstein at Museum Perron Oost

04.09.2016 – 24.09.2016

Opening reception on September 4    4pm-7pm

Performance event on September 24

The project is part of Heterotropics

After visiting a house museum in Vilnius, Lithuania, called the Kazys Varnelis House, I learned that Mr. Varnelis lived in the house with his collection until his death and anyone who wanted to see the museum could just come by and he would greet you and give you a tour. I liked the idea of a house museum as a living space, and I wondered if I too could one day have a great house museum. Then I realized that I don’t need to wait until I have a great big house or some incredible historical collection, I have a house no matter where I am, and I have my special collection. I have been slowly collecting art through exchanges with other artists, and on occasion buying some art that I like. I also have things that are not art, design objects, but also pieces of plastic, broken glasses that I found on the street, things that intrigue.

For around 4 years, I lived in De Indische Buurt and sometimes had small gatherings in my house museum to highlight different works in the collection. Also when I travel, I might bring a few small works with me so the house museum can multiply and exist in two places at once. Now my house museum is in Brussels and partially at the Museum Perron Oost. 


The exhibition and the performance event form a part of Heterotropics, a long-term curatorial project initiated by Sara Giannini and organized in collaboration with the international art platform TAAK. Consisting of artistic and theoretical interventions in different locations in Amsterdam, the project investigates the immaterial and material remnants of colonial desire and exotic projection, looking at and performing imagined geographies.

Heterotropics will be launched on the 24th of September 2016 with performances in the Indische Buurt and the Eastern Docklands in Amsterdam Oost, with artists David Bernstein (US/BE) and Jacopo Miliani (IT).


On September 24, Bernstein will lead a story-telling tour connecting the Eastern Docklands, Museum Perron Oost and De Indische Buurt. The tour will tackle the rapport between collecting, memory and interpretation but also the overlaps between personal and collective narratives. The artist’s collections of found objects and art works at Museum PerronOost will also be activated during the tour.

More information about the tour will come soon on this site and on the project’s event page on Facebook.

About the artist

David Bernstein (b. 1988, San Antonio, Texas) is an artist based between Amsterdam and Brussels. He combines performance, sculpture, and writing to tell stories through objects.