Marres & Marres Projects
Marres, Centre for Contemorary Culture was founded in 1998 under the name Centre for Visual Arts Maastricht. A few years later, the name Marres was introduced, which refers to the family Marres, the former inhabitants of the house where Marres is located. In 2006, an extension was added to this name : Centre for Contemporary Culture. This also refers to the specific approach Marres has to the contemporary field of art and design. Through a more anthropological approach, both disciplines are positioned in their broader cultural perspective.
Marres initiates exhibitions, lectures, research, publications and projects, rooted in a cultural, philosophical background and a specific interest in the problem of actuality. The relation with the immediate local environment is often employed as a means to refine a more universal agenda in order to produce innovative exhibition models.
Since 2009, Marres has been admitted in the so-called basic infrastructure as one of the four major institutes for presentation in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Education, Culture & Science and the City of Maastricht are the most important benefactors of Marres.
Out of Storage was the first project of Marres Projects. Marres Projects functions as a catalyst for regional and international collaboration and addresses cultural and geopolitical themes in the form of exhibitions, publications and events. The diverse projects are developed in cooperation with cultural institutes, museums, commercial organisations, educational institutes and governmental bodies.