Jan van Toorn

July 8 - August 19, 2018

opening Sunday July 8, 4 pm

jan van toorn (b. 1932)

sur les propriétées des choses  or the things do not speak for themselves

'i have the feeling that (these pieces) are no benefit to mankind – please, take a good look at them, and tell me your impression [...]  answer me quickly whether it would be better to consider  such things as studies that at most might influence one's usual work.'

(a letter dated february 1920 to architect ko oud from gerrit rietveld who sent a chair and a buffet in advance for a show house in rotterdam)

the exhibition consists of a second range of recent prints in continuation of the first series still lifes with borrowed furniture , plus printed matter (early calendars, collages and a few new posters).

in addition there is a staging of design pieces from the collection  of gallery vivid that tries to replace the usual static, stylistic orientation  of the presentation of the object by a more open form of presenting that solicits for multivocal reception.

part of this is a scene from the film directed by alain tanner  and co-written by john berger jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 , 1976 ( jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000 ).
this film follows the lives of eight people in the wake of the social  and political events of may 1968 in france, including a history professor,  a journalist and a trade unionist. ‘these key characters are',  according to pauline kael's review in the new yorker magazine,  ‘all in their twenties or thirties, and all seeking solutions to the problems  brought to general consciousness by these tumultuous events.  each of these people is autonomous, looks for his own answers,  and acts upon them, and together, the film suggests, they can give birth  to a jonah who will have the acumen to connect their vision.'

photos Jan van Toorn


Design Miami / Basel

June 11 - 17, 2018

Gerrit Rietveld
Olivier van Herpt
Thomas Trum
Christie van der Haak
Onno Schelling
Truly Truly

History and Writing History

One of the greatest architects of the 20th century is Gerrit Rietveld, who lived in the Netherlands from 1888 till 1964
Galerie VIVID is proud to present in Basel at Design Miami / Basel Rietveld's first and last chair.
In 1919 Rietveld designed his famous Red Blue Chair when he was 30 years old. One year before he died at the age of 76 he designed for Steltman Jewelry another iconic chair.
Besides these two chairs VIVID presents seven other works by Rietveld all produced before 1964.

Holland is also famous for it's Delftware / Delft Blue. It is made in the Netherlands for centuries. This Delftware is a thin type of earthenware and was a cheap alternative for the expensive Chinese porcelain that was imported in Europe.

Olivier van Herpt, a young Dutch designer who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven with his Ceramic 3D printer and objects was introduced in Basel by Galerie VIVID two years ago. After experimenting a lot he developed for VIVID this year a series of 70 cm high, 3D printed blue and white porcelain vases that will be launched in Basel. This will be the first large 3D printed porcelain vases ever (!)
With this Olivier van Herpt takes the next step in the Chinese and Dutch tradition of Porcelain and Delftware and will write history

Ten years ago in 2008 Galerie VIVID presented for the first time in Basel at Design Miami /Basel. I these ten years VIVID always had a focus on Dutch Design. Besides Rietveld and Van Herpt VIVID will bring this year from the Netherlands:
- The work of the emerging artist Thomas Trum who made for VIVID two unique column cupboards.
- a black marble 'Museum Bench' by Tijmen Smeulders
- a new Tapestry by Christie van der Haak, woven by the world famous Flanders Tapestry
- a low cupboard made of walnut and bronze by Onno Schelling and
- two new bright lamps by the Rotterdam based designduo Truly Truly.

more photos Design Miami / Basel