AIDS Memorial Quilts become heritage

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Students of the Reinwardt Academy have done research on the future of the Dutch collection of AIDS Memorial Quilts. The patchwork is a collection of memorial cloths with names and pictures of people who died of the consequences of AIDS.


In 1987 the AIDS Memorial Quilt was an initiative in San Francisco. The carpet of quilts made the magnitude of the AIDS epidemic visible and raised awareness for the disease. The Amsterdam Museum was asked to adopt the Dutch collection of quilts, because it became heritage.

The museum asked teacher Leontine Meijer-van Mensch from the Reinwardt Academy if the students of the master Museology wanted to do research on the Dutch collection during the lessons Participative collecting. Recently, the students presented their results of their research on the future of this collection.

Read the blog about the project (in Dutch)

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