Last chance to see the exhibition ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’

Exhbition overview, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

Press release

Last chance to see the exhibition ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’
7 May 2013

Lovers of craftsmanship have just two more weeks to admire the best of human ingenuity in more than 500 handmade art and design objects. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will open specially on Monday 20 May.

Over the past two months almost 60,000 visitors to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen have enjoyed a unique survey of extraordinary handcrafted objects, ranging from virtuoso Italian lace to Maarten Baas’ ‘Clay Furniture’. The exhibition encourages visitors to question the meaning of craftsmanship and gives them a close-up view of crafts in action: exponents of various crafts give live demonstrations of their skills in the exhibition. ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’ runs until 20 May.

In the media
Visitors, bloggers and the press have responded with great enthusiasm. One visitor wrote on Twitter: “Old crafts reinvented. You won’t believe your eyes in the exhibition #HandMade in @Boijmans.” Furniture shop Loods 5 tweeted: “Go! Wonderfully surprising exhibition in inspiring venue.” Trouw columnist Wim Bouvink described his experience: “And then I realised what overwhelmed me about all these objects: the care and devotion with which they were made. (…) In these objects we see people at the height of their powers.” And NRC Handelsblad gave Hand Made the maximum 5 stars.

Demonstrations, Hand Made Market and workshop
This week you can see demonstrations of woodcarving and 3D printing. On Mother’s Day (Sunday 12 May) the Hand Made Market offers a unique opportunity to buy design products directly from the makers. In the final week art duo WANDSCHAPPEN and the shoemakers from Dutch HealthTec Academy (DTHA) will demonstrate their work. WANDSCHAPPEN will make a version of their felt plants developed specially for the museum. DHTA will demonstrate the shoemaking process, from interpreting the design drawing to fixing the sole. On Sunday 19 May the museum is organising a flip-flop workshop. Guided by Liesel Swart from DHTA, visitors can learn how to design and make a pair of flip-flops.

ARTtube video
On the museum’s video channel you can watch a video in which curator Mienke Simon Thomas guides you through the exhibition.

Extra Monday opening
The museum will open specially on Monday 20 May for the last day of the exhibition ‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’.

With thanks to
‘Hand Made: Long Live Crafts’ has been made possible by the Mondriaan Fund, VSBfonds, SNS REAAL Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, Shell, SintLucas, Nederlands Centrum voor Volkscultuur en Immaterieel Erfgoed, Etsy, Farrow & Ball, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Swan Market and all participating craftspeople. The exhibition’s media partner is vtwonen.