Catalysis for Life - New Language of Dutch Art & Design

Exhibition Outline

Having first received attention during the nineteen-nineties for its avant-garde approach, Dutch design reflected the changing values of the times in which large numbers of people have become uncomfortable with the mass-consumer society, and it is now recognized as the world leader in design trends. It presents a new set of values that are the opposite of the twentieth century concept of design which pursued amenity and functionality.
Often described as conceptual, Dutch design is both affirmative and respectful of human life, it is based on an awareness of contemporary problems, such as 'the environment and consumption', 'urban and social systems', and 'the continuation of history and culture', while questioning our choices for the future. In this exhibition we will feature the work of artists/designers whose work questions the relationship between people and objects or interpersonal communications, such as designers Ted Noten (contemporary jewelry), Maarten Baas (product design), and artists Martijn Engelbregt and Tomoko Take. Their works can be said to act as a catalyst, bringing about a dynamic chemical transformation in our attitudes to life. Including some of their most recent works, this exhibition presents the latest trends in the essence of Dutch art and design in which the imagination becomes naturally enlarged through the surprise and humor they express.


Maarten Baas
Martijn Engelbregt
Ted Noten
Tomoko Take

Exhibition Information

Date: Friday, October 29, 2010 - Sunday, January 30, 2011
Closed on: Mondays (except for January 3 & 10), December 29 - January 1, January 11
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (tickets available until 17:30)
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / The Yomiuri Shimbun / The Japan Association of Art Museums
Sponsored by: The Mondriaan Foundation
In cooperation with: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, DESIGNTIDE TOKYO
Supported by: Lion Corporation / SHIMIZU CORPORATION / Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Admission: Adult \1,100 (880) / University & College Student, Over 65yrs old \850 (680) / High School & Junior High School Student \550 (440) / Free for Elementary School & Under
*( ) Price for a group, over 20 people
*Free entry to MOT permanent collection for ticket holders
*Discount available for audience purchasing 'Transformation' ticket: Adult \1,800 / University & College Student, Over 65yrs old \1,400 / High School & Junior High School Student \900
Also showing: Tokyo Art Meeting Transformation / MOT Collection
Access Information: From Kiyosumi-shirakawa station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min.-walk from B2 exit
From Kiyosumi-shirakawa station on the Oedo Line: 13min.-walk from A3 exit

  • Tomoko Take HomelessHome Project, Peace of Home (Amsterdam, Dam, 2004) Photo: Gert-Luc van Poelje Reference image

  • Studio Maarten Baas The Shell 2009

  • Atelier Ted Noten Lyppen's Bag 2005 Collection of J. Lyppen Photo:Ted Noten

  • Martijn Engelbregt Restaurant 'Rest' 2008 Reference image

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