July 6, 2011

Don't miss: Alexander van Slobber's curated exhibition 'Shanghai Gesture' - Museum Willet-Holthuysen

Alexander van Slobber prepairing the photoshoot
at the Willet-Holthuysen. Picture by Willet-Holthuysen


Shanghai Gesture (July 7 - December 7 2011),  a fashion exhibition curated by Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe (designer of Orson+Bodil, red.), opens at Museum Willet-Holthuysen this thursday 7 July. 
The exhibition presents the results of a workshop that Van Slobbe held for Dutch and Chinese designers as part of the cultural programme for the World Expo in Shanghai last year. Later, students from the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) were asked to respond to the workshop by producing woven textiles, which were then passed on to four designers. These canon-collections co-created by the designers and the students can be viewed in the salons of Museum Willet-Holthuysen. The exhibition also features photos and drawings made in Shanghai and Amsterdam.  

Shanghai Gesture is part of the SALON/2 route and will be officially opened on the 7th of July at 1-5pm. Buy your passe-partout a 15,- at all SALON/2 locations or via our website. Do support SALON/. 

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The Dutch Golden Age as inspiration 
After being asked by Amsterdam Municipal Executive to contribute to the cultural programme for last year’s WorldExpo, Alexander van Slobbe set up a workshop for Amsterdam and Shanghai designers with cooperation as the theme; more specifically, the exploration, use and exchange of Dutch and Chinese arts and crafts. The Dutch Golden Age formed the inspiration for the workshop and the emphasis was on technique. 
Textiles and coats
Later, in the spring of 2011, Van Slobbe invited third-year students from the Rietveld Academie to design woven textiles using the same starting points. He then held another workshop where he presented the textiles to various designers and set them the task of making coats. 
Contributing designers 
Martine van 't Hul, Elja Lintsen, Eric NG, Iniy Sanchez, Margreet Sweerts and Xiaojing Xia, Ellie Duinker, Caroline Lindo, Jasmin Koschutnig, Isa van Gool, Eveline Keijser, Elisabeth Leerssen, Sylvia Wozniak and Nadine Gupfert amongst others.  
Platform for creativity

Museum Willet-Holthuysen and its collections are managed by the Amsterdam Museum, which aims to spotlight distinctive Amsterdam values, such as entrepreneurship, creativity, free thinking and citizenship. Shanghai Gesture, curated by Alexander van Slobbe, reflects the mission of the museum to be a platform where young artists can develop and showcase their creative and entrepreneurial talents. 

About Alexander van Slobbe: 
Alexander van Slobbe (1959) is one of the pioneers who put the Netherlands on the map in the international world of fashion. Already celebrating his 20th anniversary, this fashion designer has remained a best kept secret in the Netherlands. Van Slobbe is a master of refined, minimalist design and also front runner of the Dutch Modernism that is characteristic of Dutch fashion design. More about his label Orson+Bodil & his shop NL=NewLuxury, click here.

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