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Art versus cultural entrepreneurship

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This article is concerned with the changes in cultural politics in Holland and with radical cuts to public funding of art between 2010 and 2013, wherein it also describes historical reasons that led to the current acute state and, last, but not least, draws parallels to the state of Slovenian theater production. The deterioration of culture, which began, despite the clout and wealth of the state, with the coming to power of a right-wing government, is characterized by the closing of production studios, the disbanding of renowned theater troupes, and up to 80 per cent reductions in the activity of music groups. Let alone the threat to live art and stopping subsidies, these cuts into the flesh of Dutch culture do not even spare national or cultural heritage. As of 1 January 2013, the Dutch Theater Institute has been radically reformed. Its research, archival, international and promotional activities have been terminated. With such a management policy, Holland is entering an era of art on the free market, a struggle for private sources of financing and funding by sponsors, along with the commercialization of art. The consequences are currently unfathomable, but will be long-term and destructive.
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Keywords: Arthur Sonnen; Dutch Theater Institute (Theater Institut Netherland - TIN); commercialization; cultural entrepreneurship; cultural politics; free market in art; models of cultural production

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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