The exhibition ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ has been designed by Thonik. They have not only designed the flyers, advertisements, posters and the eye-catching façade display, but have also designed the exhibition itself.
Nikki Gonnissen of Thonik: ‘We designed the Charley Toorop exhibition in the same galleries. For that exhibition we focussed on confrontations. We divided the space with huge enlargements of Toorop’s penetrating self-portraits, which the public could not ignore.
Kees van Dongen’s work is about seduction. Not only in terms of his subject matter but also in the soft spaces his figure occupy. His studios were also seductive environments, in which he received his guests. As a reference to these soft and seductive spaces – both in the paintings and his studios – we have created fabric-covered panels for the exhibition space. These large screens provide a backdrop for the paintings and create intimate spaces. The use of fabric adds luxury, warmth and colour to the spaces. We have placed large photographs of his studios at several places throughout the exhibition.
The title ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ – conceived by Thonik – refers to the seductive large eyes of the woman that Van Dongen painted and to the artist’s desire for fame and fortune.’
The designers responsible for this project were Nikki Gonnissen and Pascal Brun. The project leader for Thonik was Magali Meijers.