Maarten Baas. Hide and Seek
Design Museum Gent
– 30 September 2018
“Maarten Baas. Hide and Seek” is the name of the first major retrospective exhibition by the Design Museum Gent focusing on the work of Maarten Baas. Baas’ projects expand the boundaries between art and design in that his products include performing and handcrafted elements that rebelliously exclude industrial finishing.
Maarten Baas is currently one the most influential designers in the Netherlands and is called the “Houdini of Dutch design”. His design output is categorised as author design and is constantly evolving as can be seen from his various projects. He completed his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven with his project entitled “Smoke”, which caused an initial wave of attention surrounding him in the design world. He burned items of wooden furniture which he then coated with epoxy resin and reupholstered following the original design. Striking black chairs, tables, and other products are made from the resulting charcoal, giving them a fragile and unusable look, but, at the same time, radiating a deep sense of elegance.
Another project is the “Real Time” series in which he has a new take on the theme of time. His clocks are designed without hands, but these are painted on by someone every single minute and wiped away again.
The performance entitled “Maarten Baas Makes Time” will be presented during the Ghent Festival from 13 to 22 July 2018. Baas will produce five time zones, with different scenes and actors, that can be viewed individually by visitors as full-size dioramas. Baas conveys how differently time is perceived with his “leaps in time”. The presentations take place from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Design Museum Gent.