Early in 2014, Amsterdam’s premier contemporary art and design institution will open its doors to its first dedicated design exhibition, Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk – 25 Years of Design, the first since its reopening in 2012. The exhibition will be the first European museum survey of Wanders since 1999 and the largest-ever presentation of his work.
Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk – 25 Years of Design showcases weird, wild and wonderful designs from Wanders’s entire oeuvre, including furniture, interiors, lamps, utensils, cutlery, wallpaper, packing, jewellery and more, dating from the late 1980s to the present. With over 400 objects on display, visitors will be presented with how distinguished Wanders is in a variety of design fields.
The exhibition will further showcase original sketches, prototypes, experimental work, special projects and “virtual interiors”; new, fantastical digital creations.
Visitors to Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk – 25 Years of Design will be able to experience the magical world of Wanders’ in vivid detail across three distinct and diverse zones, each offering a glimpse inside the imaginative mind of the designer.
The White Zone, a “left brain” space which offers an analysis of the Dutch designer’s work based on ten themes such as craftsmanship, storytelling, surface, innovation, archetypes, variation and playing with scale. The Black Zone, which presents a “right brained”, theatrical universe of a more intimate and personal nature. The Art Direction Lounge, where Wanders’s role as an art director for Moooi, among others, is explored.
The title of the exhibition refers to the way in which Wanders and his work will be “pinned up” and analysed in a museum context, for all the world to see – the designer laid bare.
Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk – 25 Years of Design takes place between 1 February to 15 June 2014 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.