Maarten Baas. Hide & Seek
Design Museum Gent presents Hide & Seek, the first major solo exhibition of the work of the Dutch designer Maarten Baas (b. 1978), who made his definitive international breakthrough last year. The exhibition showcases the versatile talent of one of the Netherlands’ best-known designers. This production by the Groninger Museum gives an overview of his most important work in the past fifteen years.
Baas’s designs are at the cutting edge of art and design. They are theatrical sets, but made for real life: he creates humorous and rebellious furniture series, which cannot be produced on an industrial scale. Ever since he graduated, producing a series of charred furniture for his graduation project, Baas has gone against the grain of traditions and expectations, favouring provocation with his bold and adventurous moves. In this work, the new always clashes with the old, technology with craftsmanship and acceleration with stillness. It is simply impossible to pin down the Houdini of Dutch Design. You must seek him somewhere between reason and emotion, between nature and culture, between freedom and limitations.
Hide & Seek: The Book
The first major monograph on the work of Maarten Baas was published in conjunction with the exhibition. The book contains contributions from Lidewij Edelkoort, Marcus Fairs, Wim Pijbes, Sue-an van der Zijpp, Mark Wilson and Ingmar Heytze among others, as well as photos by Anton Corbijn and Erwin Olaf.
Published by Lecturis.
Exhibition ‘Maarten Baas. Hide & Seek’
Design Museum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5, Gent
18 May until 30 September 2018
Photos: Michiel De Cleene