On 27 February 2016 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen opened a show of both recent and earlier work by Jan van de Pavert (Zeist 1960). Van de Pavert used objects and models to explore the role architecture plays in a new social order. The focus of the exhibition was a series of models that seemed to be prototypes for design objects. The models were made from materials like plaster and plastic; round forms and clean lines gave them a utopian feel. Their practicality is not the point; what matters is the promise they make for the future. In his work the artist builds on the idealistic foundations of Modernism and the progressive 1960s.
Jan van de Pavert’s oeuvre encompasses work on paper and digital animations. His approach fuels wide-ranging research. Although at first glance the images of people and plants appear to have nothing to do with architecture, the artist sees these works as monumental additions to pavilions, metro stations and other buildings.