The Garden of Giverny (2020) , Babs Haenen
until 3 January 2021 Babs Haenen: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Babs Haenen: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics presents a new exhibition from the EKWC series with work by Babs Haenen (Amsterdam, 1948). The renowned artist and ceramist Babs Haenen will receive this year’s Van Achterbergh Prize. On the occasion of this award, the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden will present a selection from Haenen’s oeuvre from 5 September 2020 to 3 January 2021. Exhibits range from historical work to recent pieces, created in her studio in Amsterdam.

The exhibition on the second floor of the Princessehof will be a wi…

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The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics presents a new exhibition from the EKWC series with work by Babs Haenen (Amsterdam, 1948). The renowned artist and ceramist Babs Haenen will receive this year’s Van Achterbergh Prize. On the occasion of this award, the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden will present a selection from Haenen’s oeuvre from 5 September 2020 to 3 January 2021. Exhibits range from historical work to recent pieces, created in her studio in Amsterdam.

The exhibition on the second floor of the Princessehof will be a wide-ranging overview of Babs Haenen’s impressive oeuvre. Her architectural projects will be highlighted alongside her expressive sculptures. She designed porcelain tiles and an ornament for the Stadsschouwburg in Haarlem and the Wad (Mudflats) tile for Ymere housing corporation, which has been used in 12 buildings. Both tiles were produced by Royal Tichelaar Makkum. There are also examples of art commissions, floor tiles and wallpaper (made together with the artist Jacqueline Poncelet), for the Rigo-Saitta Collection.

The Van Achterbergh Prize
Every two years the Van Achterbergh Prize, consisting of an amount of €15,000, is awarded to a person or institution that has made a special contribution to the development of ceramic art and ceramics in the Netherlands. Babs Haenen is one of the world’s most outstanding ceramists with an extensive oeuvre that is characterised by mostly expressive forms. The jury, consisting of Annemie Boissevain, Ilona Broeseliske, Rob Driessen, Tanya Rumpff and Frits van der Zweep, stated that: “Babs’ work is technically virtuoso, refined in finish and colour, monumental and at the same time poetic. At the basis of that work is a petite but iron-willed woman who has worked hard for almost half a century to create a consistent oeuvre that continues to set the tone in international ceramic art today."

Babs Haenen
Haenen studied at the Ceramic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1974 to 1979. In 1979 she opened a studio with Gerard Blaauw in Amsterdam, and started her own studio in 1986. Haenen taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie for 19 years. She was also a guest lecturer at the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven and the Royal College of Art in London. From 2011 to 2017 she had her own studio in one of China’s most famous porcelain cities, Jingdezhen, where she developed her design collection ‘Flow’. Babs Haenen’s work is highly valued nationally and internationally and is included in numerous museum collections. In the Netherlands these include the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Internationally, the collections include the Hetjens Museum in Düsseldorf, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaraki (Japan) and the Liling Ceramics Valley Museum (China).

The exhibition is made possible by the Ottema-Kingma Foundation, the Van Achterbergh-Domhof Foundation, the Society of Friends of the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics and Club Céramique.

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When

  • daily until January 3rd, 2021from 11:00 to 17:00
  • Dinsdag t/m zondag geopend, op maandag gesloten.

Prices

  • Free

Location