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Exhibitions 2012

24 November 2012 > 24 February 2013

Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991)

Revolutionary Japanese designer

Shiro Kuramata chair Miss Blanche Nothing is more sought after these days than the designs by Shiro Kuramata. His transparent design objects in acrylic, glass and steel wire are some of the most representative and creative of late 20th century design.






24 November 2012 > 24 February 2013

Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012

Winner Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012 Creativity, passion, involvement and beauty are the ingredients of this exhibition. 22 objects illustrate how contemporary silversmiths the world over succeed in working the noble metal in an innovative way.






7 July > 21 October 2012

Pieter De Bruyne (1931-1987)

Pioneer of postmodernism

Pieter De Bruyne, drawers ChantillyDe Bruyne graduated as interior designer in 1953. In 1955, 1956 and 1957 he participated in the ‘Salons van het Moderne Sociale Meubel’ (Exhibition of Modern Social Furniture) in Gent. In 1958 he received the ‘Gouden Kenteken’ (Golden Sign) award. He gained international acclaim at the International Furniture Competition in Cantu (Italy).
His early works are characterized by the belief that furniture should not only have an aesthetic value but should also be marketable. In other words, everybody should be able to buy it.
In the second half of the 1970s Belgian design did not amount to anything much anymore. There was hardly an industry worthy of that name. Furniture manufacturers sticking to functionalism went bankrupt. Fortunately exceptions prove the rule. Pieter De Bruyne was one of them. At the time he no longer worked for the industry but designed unique pieces for customers. They are true milestones. He may rightly be called a postmodernist avant la lettre.


7 July > 21 October 2012


A selection from the collection of the Frac Nord-Pas de Calais

Philippe Ramette, Le suicide des objectsThe Frac Nord-Pas de Calais (Dunkirk) was one of the first French institutions that drew attention to the role design plays in the evolution of every-day life. By confronting these avant-garde creations with the work of present-day artists, a debate was started calling into question our relation to objects (of art) as well as the influence they may have on society and our immediate surroundings.
Destrøy/design offers an analysis of the unique approach of two different but related domains; the exhibition focuses on the complex relation between the star status of present-day designers and artists, and calls into question the constantly changing position and importance of the object in today’s industrialized world.

In collaboration with Collection Frac Nord-Pas De Calais, Dunkirk

Frac Nord-Pas de Calais


31 March > 3 June 2012

Dirk Wynants - Design Works?

Dirk Wynants in pulpitDirk Wynants is the founder, chief designer and Big Boss of Extremis, the company of contemporary outdoor furniture established in 1994. The first design he presented, Gargantua, a round table with integrated seats, was a roaring success.
‘Tools for togetherness’ is his point of departure. The designs BeHive, Yeeha, DoNut and Kosmos invite the users in a surprising and unconventional way to eat and drink together. Every one of these products by Extremis are the result of a meticulous design process.


31 March > 3 June 2012

Eternal spring - Barbara Nanning

Barbara Nanning, glass vaseAfter having built a career as a ceramics artist, Barbara Nanning began to work with glass for the first time in 1994.
This Dutch glass artist unites tradition and innovation. Her solo exhibition displays no less than 200 floral and plant forms and installations. All objects in white opaque glass were mouth blown and hand shaped. They have a porcelain-like look.
The floral forms, realized with incredible refinement and a sharp eye for detail, are based on the exuberant 18th-century Meissen porcelain and on monumental bouquet-shaped table centerpieces from the 1920s, produced by Venini on the Italian island of Murano.


28 October 2005 > end of 2012

Alonso collection

From art nouveau to Studio Glass Movement

Alonso collectionMany decades ago, Mr. Alonso became fascinated by the various qualities and technical possibilities of glass. Collecting crystal and glassware has been one of his true passions ever since.

The Alonso collection is highly varied, both in forms and in techniques. It covers the period between the end of the 19th century up to ca. 1990: from art nouveau to Studio Glass Movement.

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The details of exhibitions of the past years are available at the exhibitions archive.

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