Big Art at the Bijlmerbajes Amsterdam

Big Art

This year the Big Art exhibition is held in a former prison complex in Amsterdam, commonly known as the ‘Bijlmerbajes’ in Dutch. More than 80 artworks are on show from today till sunday. Mimi Blogger Team went and visited the preview of this event and, as always; we took some pictures for yous all to see if you think it’s worth your while to go.

(click to enlarge to read information. some links to artists: bramellens.com/ willumgeerts.nl / brandtgallery.com )

For 4 days the impressive Bijlmerbajes is occupied by contemporary artists and designers showing their work, which is also for sale. A mix of paintings and drawings, sculptures, photos and installations, created by acclaimed names and emerging talents, are on show. This event can be visited from 11 till 14 october, an entrance ticket can be bought at the door for €10,-. (bigart.nu)

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People at Hyperrealism Sculptures in the Kunsthal

Hyperrealism Sculptures

Mimi Berlin Blogger Team visited the ‘Hyperrealism Sculptures’ exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam the other day. This is a show with all kinds of sculptures of human beings, chosen from the last 6 decades or so. The exhibition is divided into themes. Some sculptures are life-sized and very realistic, some are larger than life, some are distorted and some are small.

People and Human Replica’s

Besides that it’s interesting to see these iconic sculptures in real life, another fun part of the exhibit is to watch the visitors and imagine they are part of the show. Just set yourself down somewhere and you’ll get a surrealist vibe at the same time as the realistic one!

Dimensions

Out of proportion, or playing with dimensions was a presentation-theme. Above ‘larger than life’ sculptures, on the left, Zharko Basheski’s ‘Ordinary Man’ and the 5 meters long ‘It’s a Girl’ by artist Robert Meuck.

Telling stories with exact human replica’s and props like cardboard boxes, by Peter Land and a white horse and bed by Tobias Schalke. The work by Maurizio Catelan speaks for itself, don’t you think?

Unrealistic

Pop-art on show: sculptures which are very unrealistic, in our view.

We are big fans of the genre, so we were delighted to see the Refrigerator sculpture (2002, from an edition of 6. Produced by The Galerie Mourmans, The Netherlands) by Allen Jones, which is amazing! Also the ‘Chiquita Banana‘ girl by Mel Ramos (made in an edition as well, 2007) was one of our favorites. A wonderful work we’ve never seen in real-life before either is the pink-ish sculpture of a pregnant woman named ‘Beverly Edmier, 1967′, made by Kevin Edmier in 1998.

This exhibit has lot’s of sculptures which are true icons made by, for example, hyperrealistic pioneer Duane Hanson. After your visit you certainly will be more knowledgeable about the  sculpted, human body in modern art. Kunsthal Rotterdam, until July 1st.

Milan Designweek 2018 Dutch Design and Art at Museo Diocesano

Tutti Dutch at at Museo Diocesano in Milan

Dutch design mixed with Dutch art at the ‘Nothing New’ exhibition. At the same venue; Museo Diocesano in Milan, emerging Dutch design talent at ‘Bar Anne’ on show during Milan Designweek 2018.

Lensvelt

The Dutch (contract) furniture company Lensvelt made quite the bold statement during Milan Design Week 2018 with the exhibition: Nothing New at the Museo Diocesano in Milan. Lensvelt didn’t show new furniture, but mixed it’s previously produced design amongst art (installations). The Nothing New exhibition was curated by Maarten Spruijt, some of the works, including performances were especcially  made for the exhibition at Fondazione Lensvelt. (see all info under the images)

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Milan Designweek 2018 Japan Creative ABCD Elements

ABCD Elements

‘Japan Creative’ (JC for short) has 3 new projects on show in Milan during Designweek 2018. The one we really like, is named JC21 a.k.a. the ABCD Elements. These soft seaters are the result of the collaboration between Japanese craftsman TAKEYARI and British designer Faye Toogood. Not only is this design very stunning, it is also a sustainable one, ànd witty! There is a 70’s feel to them, but it isn’t overpowering; the ABCD Elements are designs which have the easy-going and friendly vibe from the 1970s. At least that’s how we, at Mimi Berlin, feel about this design.

These stunning seaters, or cushions, can be seen until the 22nd of April, 2018 at Palazzo Litta on the Corso Magenta 24 in Milan.

See more posts on the Milan0 Designweek 2018 here on this blog

 

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Dinnerplates by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant

Dinnerplates by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant

Look at these wonderful dinnerplates! They were handmade by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, members of the English Bloomsbury Group. In 1932 they created “The Famous Women Dinner Service”,  a series of fifty dinnerplates, painted with portraits of famous an fabulous women: 12 dancers and actresses, 12 writers, 12 beauties, and 12 queens. Below the image of the late Greta Garbo.

Art historian and director of the National Gallery Kenneth Clark and his wife Jane commisioned this applied art project. The fifty fabulous plates are on show at the Piano Nobile gallery in London through 28 April, 2018. Continue reading

Museumvisits Photographed by Mimi Berlin’s Blogger Team

Museumvisits Photographed by Mimi Berlin’s Blogger Team

Mimi Blogger Team visits exhibitions all the time. We often take Partysnaps but we also like to like to incorporate the art itself in our photo’s. Over the years we gathered a large collection of people watching the art on show. The moments we capture are special or absurd or just plain pretty. We also like to take these photo’s when we’re bored or when the younger audience is bored. Also if it’s too crowded to really have a look at the paintings (or other form of art) on show, which is often the case on opening nights.

From left to right:

  • Visitors at the Romantisicm in the North exhibition at the Groninger museum
  • At the opening of in the Gemeente museum, The Hague. Couple is reminescing their past friend who’s work is on show.
  • A woman taking a photo of the wall at Fondazione Prada, Milan
  • Mimi Blogger Team in line at the opening night of Jump into the Future at the Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam
  • At the opening of 25 years of Gem Kingdom: Dutch jewelry designers, at the Coda museum in Apeldoorn.
  • At the opening of Elise Tak‘s exhibition; The Baby Dailies. Where we met André Smits for the first time. For his ongoing work, a ‘Never ending art trip’:  Artist in the world, Smits photographes (mostly) artists facing their work. The shot above was his setting wich we ‘stole’ at the Gemeentemuseum Helmond
  • A visitor reading a large portion of text at the Hacked Store and another visitor browsing through a vintage designer clothes collection at the opening of the ‘Temporary Fashion Museum‘ at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.
  • At the opening of Tim Walker’s Garden of Earthly Delights, at the Noordbrabants museum, Den Bosch
  • At the opening of the Horst P. Horst exhibition at the Photo museum in Rotterdam
  • A visit to watch the ‘world’s greatest‘ at the MoMA in New-York

The links in the text above are all found on Mimi Berlin’s Blog:
THIS blog. we posted on all these events