THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE
'The Museum Of Innocence' is an ongoing project. It is part of 'the collective museum', a participatory 'traject' by KANAL-Centre Pompidou. The work is an art-installation established in different phases and in collaboration with neighborhood children, supported by architects, students, pedagogical institutions, manual workers and the artist herself. It is inspired by the philosophy and pedagogy of the post-war adventure playground.
The project is part of the artist's research on children's play: "The children's way of intuitive creation and building, the 'innocence' of it, stands in contrast with the rational ideas of the architects and the political prestige most museums wish to radiate. This way, Matthys wants to question the position of a museum and art in general. She wants to invite the public to think about the future of a museum, how an institution can connect with daily life in general and how it can take a position towards the neighborhood & the city itself.
In July and August 2022 the first phase of the project unfolded at Parc Maximilien (see pictures below), which is situated right across from the wharf of the KANAL-museum.