Conceptual art & museum design

Marieke van Diemen examines, from many different angles, how display of artifacts affect the perception. Thus Van Diemen established an unique view on conceptual museum design.

Centraal Museum Utrecht, museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Dutch House of Parliament  follow the concepts and designs by Marieke van Diemen for the display of their art collections.

Van Diemen currently works on a huge display design at the heart of the new Depot building for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen: the Atrium.

About Perception

Every ordinary object surrounding us is designed to influence our perception. It has been considered and reconsidered in order to communicate whatever idea. This fascinates Marieke van Diemen. She explores the effects on ‘the eye’ whilst confronted with the ordinary and casualness, the bottom-line of her investigation. This crystallizes particularly in museums where her work quietly intervenes with the general conventions of exposing. To expose: not only as in displaying, also as in to explain or state, introduce and reveal.


Photography Editions and Museum Series
Commissions Conceptual Museum Design
Installations Investigations on perception
Sculpture Award winning veneer sculptures

DEPOT: the Atrium

Van Diemen made an important contribution to the design for the Atrium in the world’s first publicly accessible Depot designed by MVRDV. She explains her vision.


The new print room and depository of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen follows the concept and design by Marieke van Diemen.

Two separate rooms, divided by a twenty-five meter glass wall reveal the daily practice of preservation and presentation of a world-famous collection of 80.000 works on paper.

The Central Passageway –

Van Diemen gives cultural heritage a seat in her work ‘Passage II’ at the Dutch Parliament in The Hague


The project ‘Passage II‘ by Marieke van Diemen was initiated by the ICN, Institute Collection of the Netherlands to give cultural heritage a new boost and to grant it a seat in the Central Passageway at the Parliament.

Selected Works

  • kraanspoor tz amsterdam
  • 2008_printroom_boijmans_beuningen
  • 2001-commissions-statenpassage-featured-image
  • 2005-prinsehaghe-school-04-overview
  • 2017-intervention-vases-boijmans-03
  • 1999-centraal museum-utrecht-03-1-archeologie
  • Poem II, arabisch
  • cmu-1993-95-opklapbed-stoel-wieg
  • 2001-vitrine-display-tweede-kamer-den-haag-01

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