HBL Exhibitions: Dutch design past and present at the Oranienbaum Palace

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

From left to right: Ice by Sebastiaan Straatsma, photo by Carmen Kemmink;  Bowl with Fawn from Animal Bowls by Hella Jongerius, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg; Detail of tiling in Oranienbaum Palace
The Oranienbaum Palace has announced plans for its 2012 Grand Summer Exhibition, which will relive the palace's unique heritage by mixing the best in contemporary Dutch design with historical artefacts from the Dutch Royal archives. Fifty rooms in the Baroque palace will showcase contemporary craft - from furniture and ceramics to fashion - alongside historic paintings, china and decorative arts from the palace's collection.

From left to right: Prins Willem II van Oranje-Nassau, Anthony van Dyck (1631); Kinetic Landscapes by Pauline van Dongen, photo by Mike Nicolaassen; Prinses Amalia Henriette von Anhalt-Dessau, Joachim Martin Falbe (1740 - 1745)

Running 26 April - 30 September 2012, the exhibition will feature work from designers including Hella Jongerius, Viktor & Rolf, Piet Hein Eek, Scholten & Baijings and Marcel Wanders. These pieces will be set against the striking interiors of the palace, which include rooms decorated with leather wallpaper and Delft tiles. Situated in Dessau, Germany, the palace was completed in 1698 and is now nearing the end of an intensive restoration undertaken in recent years.

From left to right: detail from Oranienbaum Palace; DIY Treehouse by Rogier Martens & Sam van Veluw; Series of carafes for Dutch tap water by Lotte de Raadt, photo by Maarten de Raadt