Yellow as a Lemon, Red as a Tomato
Museum Het Valkhof reopens its doors on 21 June with the feel-good exhibition Yellow as a Lemon, Red as a Tomato. It is the second in the series Flying Dutchmen: Gelderland’s Top Talents, which turns the spotlight on to two artists as a balancing duality. In 2019 we focused on the link between young and old; in 2020 we address the interweaving of art and design. In this colourful exhibition, the museum challenges the Gelderland-born furniture and product designer Ineke Hans (1966) and the artist Erik Mattijssen (1957) to come up with something special: to put together an exhibition in which they visibly react to one another’s work. The surprising and tantalizing result created by these two well-matched.
Design Without Frills
With her roots in Gelderland and abroad (ArtEZ Arnhem and the Royal College of Art London), Ineke Hans (1966), who spends part of her time living and working in Berlin, specializes in product and furniture design. She draws inspiration for her products from new and traditional materials and techniques as well as from common sense, folklore and human behaviour. Functionality and common sense are of paramount importance to her. A product must be accessible, but at the same time unusual. Ineke Hans is a manifestly Dutch designer who designs sustainably from a socially aware perspective and absorbs and questions the social changes and developments in our society. She sees this as a process of creative thinking and trial and error until it works. The result is an oeuvre of no-frills products and prize-winning designs.
Proustian Still Lifes
Erik Mattijssen (1957), like Hans, is interested in objects and interiors. He combines his penchant for specific colours with his love of typography and product advertising from the pre-war years. In an almost Proustian way, Mattijssen depicts personal recollections that reference our collective memory. There is a certain melancholy to his work, sometimes a touch of nostalgia. It transports you to places that seem vaguely familiar, a bedroom or living room, a kitchen, a shop full of foodstuffs we don’t see on the shelves any more. His meticulous attention to detail leads the viewer to make new discoveries all the time; a cat sleeping under a bedspread, a reel of cotton, a pencil sharpener.
Exhibition ‘Yellow as a Lemon, Red as a Tomato’
Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen
June 21 – September 13, 2020
Photos exhibition: Flip Franssen