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Design in Boijmans Autumn 2010
November 2010

H+F Fashion on the Edge Collection: Fashion as a Point of Departure

Four purchases—from fashion designers Hussein Chalayan, Klavers van Engelen, Alet Pilon and Pyuupiru—are on show in the museum now. The exhibition ends on 30 January 2011.

Alet Pilon, from the series ‘NOT YET’, 2010, chicken wire / paper mache / plaster / cotton / tulle / blankets / ballerinas / wooden table, 150 x 140 x 80 cm. Photo: Hein van den Heuvel
Alet Pilon, from the series ‘NOT YET’, 2010, chicken wire / paper mache / plaster / cotton / tulle / blankets / ballerinas / wooden table, 150 x 140 x 80 cm. Photo: Hein van den Heuvel

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showcasing a selection of works from the H+F Fashion on the Edge collection in a small fashion exhibition. This initiative collects unusual fashion items and takes part in projects that explore the boundaries of fashion. In 2010 H+F Fashion on the Edge, an initiative of Han Nefkens, entered into a five-year agreement with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to monitor future developments at the interface of fashion and art, with a focus on non-western designers. As part of the agreement, purchases are being made and various events are being staged: a biennial H+F Fashion Award and an annual presentation. All the purchases will be housed in the museum as long-term loans.

This year it is the turn of fashion designers Hussein Chalayan, Klavers van Engelen, Alet Pilon and Pyuupiru. Pilon’s work is like a still life with beings that exist in the twilight zone between life and death. The Japanese transgender artist Pyuupiru (1983) uses his / her own body as the starting point, and the hand-knitted object Mercury is an expression of this. The designer Chalayan is showing a dress and a large laser hat. The Klavers/Van Engelen are exhibiting a dress with a blown-glass accessory in a setting of glass and mirrors.

All these designers regularly use film, photography, installations and performances to express the ideas in their work to the full. What these four objects and installations have in common is that they have been created from the perspective of fashion. The works are sculptures in their own right, and the clothes are an integral part of them. This year the IFFR is devoting a season of films to the relationship between fashion and film, which will also include films by Pyuupiru and Hussein Chalayan. Hussein Chalayan’s work can be seen in the museum from 13 November.

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