The Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch
De Mortel 4
5211 HV 's-Hertogenbosch
CULT - Contemporary jewelery inspired by manga, hip hop, Picasso and performance.
Until 26th March 2017
For CULT, eight overlapping categories have been defined to help navigate the means through which this happens: identification, participation, non-conformation and fetish, persuasion, conformation, ritual and fantasy. How does wearing jewellery strengthen human relationships, or harness new kinds of social collectiveness? Is it subcultural, ideological, or both? Either way, the true allure of jewellery is cult.
To best demonstrate this, Current Obsession has invited twelve of the most forward thinking international jewellery artists, some of which are presenting not yet seen work: Alexander Blank, Shachar Cohen, Elvira Golombosi, Adam Grinovich, Nils Hint, Göran Kling, Takashi Kojima, Helena Lehtinen, Florian Weichsberger, Mallory Weston, Areta Wilkinson and Rei Yamada. A special piece from the Noordermarkt legend Happy Day will also be present.
Together with this selection, five additional artists have been commissioned to create new work especially for CULT, including artist duo Conversation Piece, iconoclast Volker Atrops, painter Kelsey Isaacs, and jeweller Edgar Mosa.
To further punctuate the exhibition’s theme, Current Obsession has also gone through the museum’s collection and selected a vast array of both contemporary and historical works from jewellers and fine artists alike.
One of CULT’s main particularities will be the emphasis on the jewel’s role as a catalyst of a wearer’s identity. The physical body however, will be absent. In its place, Current Obsession has asked six fiction writers and artists to create narratives meant to allude to the potentially infinite human scenarios jewellery may become involved in. Their stories are crafted around certain themes or selected pieces found in the exhibition. Audio excerpts of these texts will be present in the show, and full versions will be printed in the special Current Obsession issue to come. Authors: Maurits de Bruijn, Hou Chien Cheng, Frank Koolen, Case Miller & Joris Lindhout, Huib Haye van der Werf.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 am - 5.00 pm - Closed Mondays
Admission: € 7