Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, is an internationally operating art institute situated in a historic building in the heart of Maastricht. The institute researches contemporary art in the broadest sense by means of exhibitions, workshops, publications, and a rich education and public program. It also offers an important platform for talent development for artists and curators.
Founded in Maastricht in 1998, Marres is named after the family of brewers who lived in the house for most of the twentieth century. Its current program focuses on the working of the senses and body language, with an emphasis on experience and perception. With this focus, Marres celebrates the diversity of artistic production, offers artists the opportunity to delve deep into their artistic practice, and bridges the gap between contemporary art and everyday experience.
Marres reaches a diverse audience that is genuinely involved in the work and the thought processes of modern artists. To embrace that audience, the institute focuses considerable attention on welcoming visitors and training hosts. In this way, Marres can offer an ambitious program for artists and guests in an intimate setting. In addition to an exhibition space, Marres also has a popular on-site restaurant, Marres Kitchen, and a large public garden.
Marres, House for Contemporary Culture receives structural support from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Province of Limburg, and the Municipality of Maastricht.