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In Sonneveld House, designer Gijs Bakker and poet K. Schippers present combinations of jewellery and poetry selected especially for this exhibition from their extensive oeuvres. The result is an environment in which visitors can make new connections and entertain alternative interpretations. The exhibition opened on July 11 following a week of special activities both online and offline. It can be visited until 10 January 2021.

Gijs Bakker

Gijs Bakker trained as a jewellery designer and industrial designer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Konstfack Skolen in Stockholm, Sweden. His work includes home accessories, household appliances and furniture, as well as jewellery. The starting point for all his designs is the way he perceives the world.

The bracelet Plastic Soup, for example, is the result of a realisation of the impact of plastic straws on the environment. Bakker designed a bracelet make from straws, covered with gold. Black to White, meanwhile, is a necklace with the faces of Bakker’s personal heroes, people of every skin colour. With this piece, he aims to draw attention to persistent racism and xenophobia.

K. Schippers

K. Schippers (the pen name of Gerard Stigter) has been committed to making the ordinary extraordinary since the late 1950s. He was inspired by the Dada movement and artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters. In 1985, he founded the magazine Barbarber with J. Bernlef and G. Brands, which marked a shift from the expressive Vijftigers group of poets to a focus on everyday reality. Like Gijs Bakker, K. Schippers examines the process of observation and the reporting of it.

Sonneveld House Interventions

This is not the first time that designers and artists have responded to Sonneveld House, or contributed through a creative intervention to a new interpretation of the museum house. As part of the series Interventions, Het Nieuwe Instituut occasionally invites an artist, designer or architect to create a site-specific installation for Sonneveld House.

By confronting contemporary art and design, the carefully restored museum house is brought into the present day.

In 2016, for example, three international artists created a work for the house following an invitation from Het Nieuwe Instituut. Santiago Borja installed an observatory on Sonneveld House’s roof, while Eva Rothschild placed monumental sculptures, which can be seen as an alternative form of architecture, in various places in the house. The French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster created an audio work for the museum house. This triptych was put together by guest curator Erich Weiss.

In 2013 and 2015 respectively, Dutch designers Richard Hutten and Petra Blaisse were invited to respond to the house’s architecture and interior through their work.