Video & Film Event, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht

The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) also collects video artworks recorded at significant exhibitions about video art, including works from the Video & Film Event in 1977. The Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht arranged this exhibition as a means of integrating video art into the museum. The event lasted five weeks and was divided into multiple parts, such as a video studio to create or view video artwork, an exhibition on technical reproduction and art, video artworks made by artists from five countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, United States, France, and Great Britain), films about art history, a special evening program for Fridays, and artists’ projects. Using this combination of multiple elements that complement each other, the Bonnefantenmuseum hoped to make people more interested in video art as an expressive and educational tool. The catalogue states that there is a need for an institution that makes video equipment available to artists and museums, so that videotapes can be produced for both artistic and educational purposes. In order to be able to manage such a diverse event, the Bonnefantenmuseum needed the cooperation of many other institutions and people. Several video institutions, such as the Agora Studio at the De Appel Arts Center, as well as  the Netherlands Ministry of Culture, Education and Science are mentioned on the partner list. Brandsteder Electronics BV delivered the technical equipment, as it would again for MonteVideo a year later.