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10 Years Muller Van Severen

In Dialogue with the Collection

“We have selected collection pieces from some sort of soulsearching.
Pieces whose makers we feel share a vision with us, throughout history.”

Fien Muller & Hannes Van Severen

Muller Van Severen were given carte blanche to create an installation with the museum's exceptional collection. Their intuitive and eclectic selection enters into dialogue with their own work.

With attention to harmony and proportion, the installation was designed especially for this exhibition space. It is made up of vertical strips of paper, which define the space like an ­architectural composition. The flowing, draped forms and the colours of the paper refer to recurring elements in the oeuvre of Muller Van Severen. Paper also refers to the importance of sketches, proto­types and models in cardboard or paper in their creation process.

The spatial installation has its own identity, but at the same time it carries the object scenes. These are composed of pieces from the museum's collection and from their own work: not realistic interior scenes, but ­compositions of objects from ­different periods. Muller Van Severen selected the pieces based on congeniality. In them they recognise a similar vision and way of working, and a design attitude that is in line with their practice.

The interior of their home and studio also consists of objects and furniture from different periods, which they thought­fully combine with their own work. Each scene is a balancing act, a composition of colour, form, and matter that offers insight into the designer duo's way of looking at things.