Hans Op de Beeck: The Quiet Parade
General content notices:
dimness, sound, statues depicting scantily clad people, references to death
Before visiting the exhibition
As only a limited number of people can enter The Quiet Parade at a time, we recommend booking tickets online in advance – including with visitors with the Museum Card and under-18s, who are eligible for free tickets. You should also reserve a free ticket for any child in a pram. Only a small number of tickets are reserved for purchase at the door. Therefore, you may not be able to enter the museum exactly at the time you want if you arrive without a pre-purchased ticket.
When you have booked a ticket online, please arrive at the museum from the Lasipalatsi Square side, through the accessible entrance. Those queuing to buy tickets at the ticket office enter through the main doors, but with an advance ticket, you do not need to queue inside the main doors. So enter from Lasipalatsi Square and show your ticket at the checkpoint, where you’ll get an entry sticker for that day. Welcome to the museum!
General information about the exhibition
The exhibition by artist Hans Op de Beeck is a park built inside the exhibition hall, where visitors walk along paths between the works. The works are sculptures, some large and some small. There is also one video work in the exhibition. The exhibition and the works are completely uniform grey. There is a soundscape in the large exhibition hall.
Some of the works deal with major topics such as death. It may be good to prepare to think about or discuss the topic, especially if visiting with a child. There is no content unsuitable for children in the exhibition, but it may have a tense atmosphere and arouse questions.
It is dark in the exhibition, but the sculptures are illuminated. The exhibition features a sound world created by the artist, which can be heard everywhere in the space. You will hear, for example, sounds of waves and other water, digitally produced sounds of various instruments, human sounds and animal sounds, such as chirping. The sounds vary in different parts of the exhibition hall.
Ear protectors may be borrowed from the lower lobby of the museum for those with sensory sensitivities. Ask the staff for more information.
The structures of the exhibition emit a scent that is difficult to locate, which the most sensitive may detect.
Proceeding through the exhibition
When you enter the exhibition, a world opens up before you, made up of the artist’s grey sculptures and installations. In the exhibition, you walk along paths and you must not move closer to the works than the path allows. The paths run along the museum’s own wooden floor. Alongside the paths are stones, artificial grass areas and pools of water. The works and their supporting structures can only be viewed from a distance; they may not be touched. There is no specific direction in which one should proceed through the exhibition.
You can move along the paths with a wheelchair, electric wheelchair, rollator, pram or stroller.
Along the paths, there are four grey sofas that you may sit on. The sofas look like the works in the exhibition, which may not be touched. You can tell which couches you can sit on by the fact that they are empty.
Some of the sculptures portray human figures who are topless or just in underwear. A few of the works deal with death. There is no content unsuitable for children in the exhibition, but the atmosphere may feel tense and arouse questions.
You can read more about the works in the exhibition guide, which you can obtain for free at the entrance. You can also familiarise yourself with it in advance.
There are guides working in the exhibition premises who are happy to help you.
Video work Staging Silence (3)
At the rear of the exhibition, on the left-hand side, is a room with the exhibition’s only video work, Staging Silence (3). In this work, two anonymous pairs of hands build and dismantle imaginary interiors and landscapes on a mini-stage of about three square meters. It is particularly dark in this space.
In front of the video projection, there are benches where you can sit. You can start watching the video from any point, and you can watch it for as long or as short a time as you want. The exact duration of the video is 44 minutes. The video has calm music and sounds related to the activities shown in the video. The video projection must not be touched.
Content and sensory notices for works
On this page, we only provide information about works that have content or sensory stimuli that warrant specific notices.
This monumental sculpture joins the human figures as part of the landscape. In the piece, two life-size 14-year-olds sit on the edge of a high cliff.
The work is tall. You may not climb the cliff.
My bed a raft, the room the sea, and then I laughed some gloom in me
In this life-size sculpture, a child sleeps on a bed that floats above a raft, which is floating in a pond. There are books, sweets, a glass of water and medicine tablets next to the bed. The atmosphere in the work may seem oppressive or dark.
This life-size sculpture depicts a grey carousel. You may not go inside the fence that surrounds the work, and you may not touch or sit on the carousel. The carousel features, among other things, skulls and skeleton figures wearing clothes.
This work shows a deserted-looking, monochrome village built on stilts. There is water around the work, which you must not touch or step on. Do not throw coins or any other objects into the water.
This still life features traditional objects that are familiar from still life paintings as well as more contemporary items. The sculptural ensemble includes a skull that is enlarged to a gigantic size.
Studio Rex is the museum’s workshop space, which is open to all visitors.
During The Quiet Parade exhibition, the monochromatic (or single-colour) theme is also reflected in Studio Rex.
At Studio Rex, you can explore how monochromaticity can limit the viewing of art, but also whether it can create new possibilities.
You can stop off in the space during your visit to the exhibition, or book an art workshop for your own group.
When visiting the exhibition, you may also visit Studio Rex even if there is a group participating in an art workshop. However, please be considerate so that the group can work undisturbed. Studio Rex is divided by a partition, and one side is intended for pre-booked group art workshops. The two sides are marked in the space.