10 Years Muller Van Severen. In Dialogue with the Collection
Design Museum Gent, Belgium
October 09, 2021 – March 06, 2022
Muller Van Severen, the Ghent designer duo of international acclaim, will celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2021. Fien Muller (1978) and Hannes Van Severen (1979) have been working on an inspiring oeuvre of furniture and other objects, on the interface between design and sculpture, since 2011. They are considered to be amongst the most image-defining designers of the moment. This first major exhibition in their hometown presents a stimulating dialogue between pieces from the museum’s collection and their own work. It will be the last exhibition in Design Museum Gent before it closes for approximately two years.
The exhibition celebrates their design decade in two parts. At the request of Design Museum Gent, Muller Van Severen started working with the collection. Their intuitive and eclectic selection of some one hundred collection pieces enters into a dialogue with their own work in a large installation on the ground floor. The selection reads like an anthology of design history, with works by Alvar Aalto, Ron Arad, Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Gaston Eysselinck, Huib Hoste, Marc Newson, Jean Prouvé, Studio Alchimia, Léon Stynen, Linde Freya Tangelder, Willy Van der Meeren, Henry van de Velde, Albert Van Huffel, Maarten Van Severen and many others.
The result is a surprising, fresh look at the creations of Muller Van Severen and at the collection pieces, which in many cases have not been on display in the museum for some time. The pieces were selected by Muller Van Severen on the basis of a ‘kindred spirit’ approach. They recognise a similar vision and way of working in these objects, and a ‘design attitude’ that ties in with their practice. The 10 years Muller Van Severen. In dialogue with the collection exhibition will run until 6 March 2022. Design Museum Gent will then close its doors to implement the planned expansion.
After all, the museum has been waiting since 1993 for a new wing, as the final piece of the site, with extra space for temporary presentations, workshops, lectures and events, space for art handling and logistics, proper sanitary facilities and an elevator. Once this last, festive exhibition closes it will finally be time to proceed. That is why the museum wants to show its collection one last time from a different, idiosyncratic point of view. Since Muller Van Severen are celebrating ten years as an international design duo this year, and are closely linked to the city of Ghent, it was obvious that this would be based on their perspective.
Keen to find out about the expansion plans? Design Museum Gent will reveal all in an exhibition entitled connectDING, which will be staged simultaneously with this exhibition. 10 years Muller Van Severen. In dialogue with the collection and connectDING. From concept to plan are the last two exhibitions at Design Museum Gent, but not the last activity, before the expansion. From 22 April to 1 May 2022, Design Fest Gent will be holding its inaugural event at Design Museum Gent.