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Design in Boijmans Autumn 2010
November 2010

Jongerius arranges by colour…

In the Hella Jongerius – Misfit exhibition you will find the objects on the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s walls: Hella Jongerius’s crockery, chairs and sofas are all mounted on the walls.

Nymphenburg Sketches-Animal Bowls (2004, photo: Nymphenburg), Repeat (2002, photo: Maharan) and Non-Temporary (2005, photo: Gerrit Schreurs Fotografie)
Nymphenburg Sketches-Animal Bowls (2004, photo: Nymphenburg), Repeat (2002, photo: Maharan) and Non-Temporary (2005, photo: Gerrit Schreurs Fotografie)

The objects are displayed by colour and almost all of them are fixed to the walls. This arrangement means that there is no chronological or thematic scheme, nor any hierarchy between end products and preliminary studies. Hanging the objects robs them of their usual functional context and transforms visitors from users into viewers. The museum context gives visitors space for reflection and an opportunity to focus on the meanings behind the objects.

Some of the designs are highlighted in the centre of the gallery, among them the Frog Table (2009), which was recently purchased by the museum to complement the other Jongerius designs in the collection. An enormous frog emerges from a large, glazed ornament, slowly extricating itself from its decorative straitjacket. In this design Jongerius examines the potential of narrative decoration. ‘Decoration is a great way of triggering the imagination and of making you think that an object really is yours,’ said Jongerius in an interview in The International Herald Tribune (March 2009).

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