Bonnefanten First Fridays #13:

Date: Friday, 2 December
Time: 8 pm - 11 pm 
Entrance: free

Every Bonnefanten First Fridays (#BFF), Bonnefanten hands over the key to the museum to surprise visitors with an evening programme curated by an organisation with a unique following.

This time, it's Bonnefanten All-In: artists with diverse life stories, motivations and art styles show their work and creative process.

The central question is: What is the norm? Who determines it and what meaning do you give it yourself? When do you belong or when do you fall outside?

Image: Rik Meijers

Rik Meijers' sculptural paintings will set the tone for the evening. Meijers' artworks show figures that society cannot get a grip on, who are excluded by society or who live outside the rules and boundaries of society of their own volition.

The Rotterdam-born artist, known from ‘False Flat’ with his solo exhibition ‘I Know Where Rik Meijers Lives’, will elaborate on his work and motivation in an interview. He will also perform with his band Black Velcro. Is it Art? Is it Punk? Is it Garage Rock? Or Anti-Folk? Find out during this BFF!

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Image: Black Velcro

There will also be a chance to give new life to your own t-shirt or totebag this evening.
Screen printing company 'the Hand' will screen print Meijers' paintings on a garment of your choice.

In addition, Sándor Sinko (Fine arts teacher) will invite participants to make masks à la Rik Meijers and sound artist SNACKBAR The Ambassador will produce sound waves that connect to Meijers' work.

And believe it or not; there is more!

At various places in the museum, artists affiliated with the Fantastikè Foundation and art studio Covida, will give performances and demonstrations around their work. Stichting Fantastikè offers, in cooperation with SAM Ateliers, artists with a mental health background studio space. Art studio Covida trains artists with mental disabilities, from a tailor-made art training.

Also to be visited is 'I'm Listening' in the Listening Pavilion. Pianist Marnix van de Poll will engage in dialogue from vulnerability and listening without judgement. The pianist answers the dialogue with musical improvisation, where other visitors can listen in with headphones.

Besides all the activities, it is also the calculated chance to visit the museum for free and check out the current programme.

More info on what's currently on display in Bonnefanten? Click here.

What are the Bonnefanten First Fridays?

BFF2 - YO Take Over

Community's claim the museum

Museums are the treasures of society in which past and present come together. They are the memory of the city, region and country and offer new windows to the world or enlarge the existing perspectives. Especially in this time, where everything revolves around experiencing and experiencing yourself, museums are perhaps more important than ever. They are places for reflection, wonder and astonishment, all emotions that give museums an intrinsic value. This must of course be accessible to everyone. With #BFF we hope to give more people that accessibility.

During the Bonnefanten First Fridays (#BFF) we hand over the key to the museum. Every month we invite a surprising association, club or foundation to take the key and organize an evening to their own liking. The starting point for the program is the collections of old and contemporary art or the temporary exhibitions that are currently on view in the museum.

Made possible by Provincie Limburg, Gemeente Maastricht and Cultuurmakers.

Previous editions:

Bonnefanten First Fridays #12: KIDS edition (6 t/m 12)

Date: Friday, 4 November
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm 
Entrance: free

Every first Friday evening of the month during Bonnefanten First Fridays, Bonnefanten gives the keys of the museum to an organization with an unique following.

This time, Bonnefanten invites MIK & PIW group, who committed to a special KIDS edition, with Museum Cluedo as main theme.

On the 4th of November, Bonnefanten will open its doors at 6 pm for all mini detectives between 6 and 12 years old, who can’t wait to solve one riddle after another.

This evening, the museum will turn into a living game/playground where the works of art will come to life and the museum will be full of clues.

During this evening, there are also educational workshops on studying your own fingerprint, writing secret messages and seeing hidden colors in white light.

After all the effort, everything can be shaken loose during one of the splashing performances in the children's disco.

Besides all the activities, the museum will be open for free during Bonnefanten First Fridays.
Want to know more about what’s currently shown at Bonnefanten? Click here.

Bonnefanten First Fridays #11: Shake Patriarchy!

Date: Friday, 7 October
Time: 8 pm - 11 pm 
Entrance: free

Gender, activism and women's rights. Time to wake up anyone who is not yet woken up.
We open our doors to zoom in on the role of gender together with Studium Generale and COC Limburg during the 11th edition of #BFF

This evening the performance ‘Sweet Dreams Sweet’, from Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary Art 2022 winner Melati Suyrodarmo, will be performed. There's also a special performance from artist, feminist and social worker Marleen Rothaus, known from the False Flat exhibition. 

Plenty to look forward to! And there's more:

  • Listen carefully during a talk show on the role of gender in art
  • Find your soulmate during the 'Shirts against Patriarchy' game
  • Let 'Nurse Purse' Darla Davina read your future based on your handbag
  • Discover how your body relates to art
  • Learn about gender-specific sounds
  • Enjoy a drag and burlesque performance by Gigi Love and White Canvas, among others
  • Find out all about professional drag make-up, and join the conversation about gender

Besides all the activities, it is also the oppertunity to check out our current exhibitions.
More info on what's currently on display in Bonnefanten? Click here.




Bonnefanten First Fridays #10: Keep it rollin'

Date: Friday, 2 September
Time: 8 pm - 11 pm (and an afterparty at 11 pm - 1 am)
Entrance: free

Immerse yourself in the graffiti and skate world. During this evening, the boundaries between what is 'high' and 'low' art are blurred and we open the doors to urban arts such as graffiti, hip-hop, spoken word, urban dance and skate culture. Inside and outside the museum.

In addition to a speed tour for and by youngsters, we are organising a skate course in the museum together with Stichting Stadsnomade from Maastricht and The Building from Genk: a special experience. Every hour, a unique skate deck will be awarded to the best trick winner. So bring your skateboard and have fun. But there is more: 

  • Graffiti
  • Silkscreen
  • Pimp your skateboard (and win a custom-made deck according to your design)
  • Urban dance
  • Poetry Slam
  • Hip Hop Beats
Music at various locations in the museum
  • Chaz and Visjal
  • Lati
  • The Twins
  • Hip Hop Cypher: KRAUW KONNEKT
    ($KEER&BOO$, Dookie, Vlekkeloos, Eijer and others)
  • And at the end of the evening, there will be an afterparty from 11 pm - 1 am in museum cafe Ipanema. All the DJs you've heard earlier that night will perform once again


Previous editions:

Bonnefanten First Fridays #9: Derailed Sounds

Date: Friday, 1 July
Time: 8 pm - 11 pm (afterparty in café Ipanema until 1 am)
Entrance: free

This time it's different. Come to BFF #9 and get derailed by the sounds curated by Paul Devens. Devens is a Dutch sound art pioneer and currently has an exhibition on view in Bonnefanten.
This BFF is all about the Derailed Sounds.

Discover and experience the art of sound during this evening program at the museum. Besides a speed tour through the exhibition The Derailment of the Usual by Paul himself you can also expect the following:

  • lots of art that you can view in various galleries,
  • various live sound performances by Otomax and L.T. ZOEF,
  • the projection Fiorucci made me hardcore by Mark Leckey,
  • a Non 'BORING' lecture about COLLECTING by Simone Schuffelen,
  • a Jamm Session with Planet-T,
  • video art by Lis Rhodes,
  • workshop Bucket Drumming and a workshop Biometric Composition by Christy Westhovens 
  • and at the end of the evening, an afterparty with Blöd Heinie & MC Opi Arto.


Bonnefanten First Fridays #8: Meets the Neighbourhood!

Date: Friday, 3 June
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Entrance: free

After a successful kick-off with BFF #7, we will now transform the museum during BFF #8: Meets the Neighbourhood!
This evening is all about the museum and our neighbourhood.

Together with de Kunstketel, Trajekt, Quiet Community Maastricht and O.L.V. van Lourdes Parochie, we will be making an evening filling programme in the museum on June 3rd.
Expect an evening in Bonnefanten where, in addition to all the exhibitions, you will also be able to:

  • take guided tours in Mestreechs dialect,
  • watch performances by John Tana, Ziesjoem and Fred Lloret,
  • attend a lecture by pastor Mattie Jeukens,
  • have balloon art made by Patrick van de Ven,
  • watch puppet theatre by Ruben Komkommer,
  • taste a surprising bite of food,
  • and there will be even more to experience!

Will we see you at BFF #8: Meets the Neighborhood?


Bonnefanten First Fridays #7: Celebrates Freedom!

Date: Friday, 6 May
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Entrance: free

Finally the time has come, live BFF's are allowed again! After a number of digital #BFFs, we are now transforming Bonnefanten together with Refugee Project Maastricht, the InnBetween and author Wim Peumans for a unique evening out.

Expect an evening at the museum where, in addition to visiting all the exhibitions, you can:

  • attend workshops on Bodymapping and Expressive writing,
  • watch live performances,
  • attend lectures,
  • enjoy live music,
  • check out an installation by the Technical University Collecting Compassion,
  • and taste a surprising bite of food!


BFF #6: YO, let's play!

The museum is a playground. A playground to explore and experience new insights. YOUNG OFFICE invites you to come play on Friday, March 4th. Expect to slide down our stairs, test your fingerpainting skills or skip through our exhibitions. During the whole evening, all our exhibitions are open for viewing and of course experiencing.

See you then!

What: BFF YO, let's play!
When: Friday, March 4
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Location: Bonnefanten
Entrance: Free!