Article from the 2014-05-16
What’s the relation between design and modern art? That’s the main question focussed in the exhibition „Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up“ in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum until the 15th of June.
Marcel Wanders is considered one of the guiding designers of modernity. The Netherlands is internationally famous because of his furniture designs, interior designs and bizarre artworks. The exhibition in the heart of Amsterdam is the first retrospective of the designer in Europe since 1999, being the biggest overview of Wanders’ work and the first big design exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum after its re-opening in 2012.
Marcel Wanders is a creative and innovative designer, who was pulled by a clear and unmistakable vision since he started his career: creating a unique and sustainable environment. His designs tell stories that Wanders knows how to communicate: He does it with often demanding publicity pictures, which are also very artistic. That characteristic and his economic know-how (he manages a studio with 50 employees and he is co-owner of Moooi and the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengacht Hotel), deciding encourages the success of the Netherlands. There are only few designers with all these skills. Now, after 25 years of professional experience and on the highest point of his career, the time came for a big analysis of his creations.
The exhibition “Pinned Up” presents designs of the whole work of Wanders, which includes the time of the late 80s until today. More than 400 objects are presented in the monumental subterranean rooms in the new wing of the Stedelijk Museum, among them are furniture, lamps, household devices, dishes, wallpapers, packaging and jewellery. Moreover he presents pictures of interior furniture, construction sketches, prototypes, experimental works in small editions, sculptural objects for special projects and virtual interiors which emerged as free works at computers.
Of course, icons such as the Knotted Chair (1995-1996), the Egg Vase (1997) and the lamp Skygarden (2007) won’t be missing. But also less popular works, such as the Haasvaas (1995), and a package for the Japanese cosmetics brand Cosme Decorte (since 2010), show the fields Marcel Wanders worked in during his career.
The title of the exhibition Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up refers to the way design remembers and analyses. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of 224 pages from the Stedijk Museum, which includes analytic essays of international authors, an interview with the designer, an overview of his most important projects, a biography, a bibliography and a complete list of his works.
And this isn’t all of it: The multitalented Marcel Wanders even invented a cocktail for the exhibition, whose mixing is shown on the Homepage of the Museum.
The Stedijk Museum (Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam) is in the Oud-Zuid part of the city and it is opened from 10 to 18 o’clock every day (on Thursday it opens until 22 o’clock). The exhibition Marcel Wanders Pinned Up can be visited until the 15th of June. It is worth a visit: Beside the exhibition about Marcel Wanders, the Stedijk Museum also includes works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Kandinsky and many more representatives of modern arts.