Cincinnati Art Museum Presents Going Dutch Contemporary Design Exhibition

The Cincinnati Art Museum presents Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections and the Cincinnati Art Museum, on view through April 10, 2011.

This past year marked the Cincinnati Art Museum’s first major acquisitions in the field of contemporary Dutch design. Going Dutch is a tightly focused exhibition that introduces contemporary Dutch design, its international importance, and influence through these new permanent collection acquisitions and loans from local private collections. Many of the of the works on view are associated with Droog Design, a collective founded in 1993. Droog (Dutch “dry”) and its designers have led one on of the most important design movements of the last thirty years. A wax vase created by honeybees; a chest of drawers fashioned from twenty “found” drawers bound together with an industrial canvas cinch strap; and a washbasin made of felt are among the surprising and delightful objects that illustrate the current trends and trademarks of Dutch design. Reacting to the excess, extravagance and self-consciousness present elsewhere in the art and design world, these designers have created works that are conceptual, and that re-invent familiar forms, materials, ideas and histories in novel, witty and poignant ways.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services.

Image: You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories Chest of Drawers, ca. 2000, Tejo Remy (b. 1960), Droog Design (1993–),various woods, metal, styrofoam, paint, plastic, hemp, steel, Museum Purchase: Lawrence Archer Wachs Trust, 2010.26.

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