We Go Dutch: Studio Job Groninger Museum Holland
Studio Job at the Groninger Museum
Anyone who is curious about the work of one of the most controversial design duo’s of the Netherlands can see the work of Studio Job until March 4 2012 at the Groninger Museum. The glamorous and somewhat sinister designs are on the cutting edge of design and art. Which Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel comment on the accepted views in the design world, for the first time to see in one place.
Groninger Museum has spent the past 10 years building a large collection of works created by Studio Job. The museum follows the design duo from 2001 closely and now owns the largest collection. The relationship between designers and museum is enhanced when the revitalization in December last year a new reception area was realized by the designers, the Job Lounge.
Studio Job has spent the past year along with several partners including Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Moooi, Swarovski, Bisazza and Venini. In addition exhibited worldwide in leading galleries. Their work is in private collections as well in public collections. Major series such as Homework (2006 – 2007) and Robber Baron (2007) illustrate Studio Job game with special materials and extreme techniques, resulting in archetypal and historical objects.
The solo exhibition is the result of a special relationship between the designers and the museum, the museum often assumed the role of sparring partner, but also co-producing manifested. The exhibition shows this particular interaction and the major artistic developments seen by Studio Job.
Working with key works and influential series and products and the major collaborations with external partners, will curator Mark Wilson’s show the versatility and conceptual layers of the work of Studio Job. Through the presentation of a large and important part of the oeuvre, the interconnections and their artistic sense to the public.
Story by: Gabriëlle Voogt