On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an exhibition with hundreds of highlights from our collection, titled: Bakelite, everyone knows it
The exhibition shows such objects as photographic and film cameras, radio and TV sets, domestic articles, items of furniture, tools and toys. Designs by twenty-five prominent designers including Philippe Starck, Friso Kramer and Isamu Noguchi form a part of the presentation.
The exhibition will be opened at 15:00 hrs on the afternoon of Saturday 17 December by Reindert Groot, founder of the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection. And will be open till 5 March 2017. We are looking forward in seeing you there.
From the press release:
“You may not see it, but it is there, Bakelite. Even in your phone and in your car. The prewar articles, on the other hand, have become highly sought after collectors items. With the exhibition ‘Bakelite, everyone knows it’, the Kunsthal contributes to opening up hidden private collections. And we will find ourselves back in a bygone era.”
“The hundreds of everyday products from the collection of Reindert Groot in the exhibition afford a comprehensive view of the industrial design of the last century. The objects, including typical Art Deco, Bauhaus and Streamline styles, are thematically grouped by function and use – domestic appliances from stoves to fridges, curious medical instruments, items of furniture and office articles. Rare products such as advertising material, original working drawings and moulds, 19th-century predecessors of Bakelite and tangible memories of the former Corodex Bakelite factory in Zandvoort are also on display. Back to a bygone era!”
“Bakelite is one of the most amazing materials ever invented”