For the Mauritshuis’ first contemporary exhibition, the museum’s director Emilie Gordenker chose internationally renowned Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. “One of the things we’ve been doing with our exhibition programme is looking for ways to rediscover our permanent collection,” she says. “And people who can enter into an intelligent dialogue with our collection and the history of our building.” Known for his powerful imagery using everyday materials, the artist from São Paulo likes to challenge his audience. The 2010 documentary Waste Land depicted his journey to the world’s largest landfill in Brazil and showed the transformative power of art using materials we consider useless.

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