Expo : The industrial character of Kranen/Gille, Noordbrabants Museum

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Cecile and I met up in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. We went to this lovely city in the south of the Netherlands to catch up, drink lots of coffee and visit the beautiful Noordbrabants Museum.

Last year Den Bosch celebrated the ‘Jheronimus Bosch 500’ to honor it was exactly 500 years ago this famous painter past away. As a part of this celebration the Noordbrabants Museum hosted one of the biggest Jheronimus Bosch exhibits ever, ‘Jheronimus Bosch – Visioenen van een genie’ (‘Jheronimus Bosch – Genius visions’) to which over 420.000 visitors could be welcomed.

This year other residents of the city were honored with an exhibition in the museum. Jos Kranen and Johannes Gille, also known as designduo Kranen/Gille, can celebrate ten years of Kranen/Gille with their solo-exhibition ‘De industriële natuur van Kranen/Gille (The industrial character of Kranen/Gille). About 40 pieces of their design, un-commissioned work and prototypes give the visitors an insight into the world of Kranen/Gille.

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Kranen/Gille: Orthenaartjes, Islands Coffeetable, Plant Bench & Terra Ducit

It’s easy to identify the design of industrial structures that were never meant to be beautiful (such as drilling rigs, shipyards and submarines) as a source of inspiration for the designers. Kranen/Gille turn the shapes and materials of these constructions into detailed objects. The design of the exhibition, also by Kranen/Gille, is based on this industrial inspiration.

‘De industriële natuur van Kranen/Gille’ opened February 11th and can be visited untill May 14th. For opening hours and other visiting information of the Noordbrabants Museum, have a look here.

For more information about the designers and their projects, have a look at the Kranen/Gille website.

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