chp…? on tour – Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico
in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch,
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Mexico and with the generous support of Creative Industries Fund NL
August 5 – October 2, 2016 – Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City
chp…? jewelry celebrates its 20th birthday with an exhibition showing the complete collection at Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City. Established in 1996 by co-founder Gijs Bakker as Chi ha paura….? (Who’s afraid of…?), the label aims to show that jewelry design evolves just like any other design discipline and that a good piece of jewelry is more than a decorative accessory. In the last two decades, chp…? has initiated seven projects based on themes as What’s Luxury?, Rituals and Global Identity. This resulted in more than 120 designs by over 50 designers, including Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Konstantin Grcic, Marcel Wanders, Campana Brothers, Formafantasma and many more.
For the first time ever, the complete overview of all chp…? jewelry designs, part of the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, will be shown together. This exhibition hosted by Museo Franz Mayer, will be completed with an introduction of Gijs Bakkers’ iconic jewelry from the sixties untill today.
Museo Franz Mayer
Museo Franz Mayer houses the largest collection of decorative arts in Latin America. Founded by Franz Mayer (Germany,1882 – Mexico,1975) a Jewish German-Mexican financier, photographer and collector, the museum is located in the former San Juan de Dios monastery and hospital, an 18th-century structure, facing onto the Plaza de la Santa Veracruz in the historic centre of Mexico City. The collection of different origin, materials and styles spans from the 16th to the 19th century with as main disciplines silverware, ceramics, furniture and textiles. The museum hosts an extensive exhibition program but also studies decorative arts from the past centuries in order to see its effects on contemporary design. It has partnerships with modern ceramic and silver artisans to allow them to study the pieces in the collection, offers guided tours, courses, lectures, concerts and other performing arts and children’s workshops.
Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch
The Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the museum of contemporary art and design in the capital of North Brabant, The Netherlands. The museum aims to explore contemporary developments in the field of art and design and the crosscurrents in between. Modernist and contemporary jewelry and ceramics form the nucleus of the collection. Objects by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Alessandro Mendini and Dutch greats like Gijs Bakker and Hella Jongerius are collected, but promising young and local talent as well.
The Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch has played an important role in the development and expansion of chp…?’s collection. All chp…? products and prototypes are developed with support of the museum and added to the collections as examples of the dialogue between jewelry, design and art.
Since 1996 chp…? jewelry invites both well-established designers and upcoming talents from any discipline to participate in themed projects. The originality of the concept is central to the design and has to be supported by a fitting choice of material and technology. The preciousness of the idea is more important than the material value of the object.
chp…?’s collection consists of both timeless classics, bringing together unique jewelry pieces by internationally renowned designers and of work especially designed for chp…? in context of a project. Once every three years chp…?, in cooperation with Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, invites a group of designers to design a piece of jewelry in response to a theme. Besides the core collection, so far Sense of Wonder, What’s Luxury?, Rituals, Body Stories, Global Identity and Make it chp…? led to illusive designs.
chp…?’s production is carefully engineered and a large part of the collection is made by hand. Both chp…?’s office and production are based in The Netherlands.
chp…? joyería un proyecto de Gijs Bakker
August 5 – October 2, 2016
Museo Franz Mayer, Hidalgo 45. Centro Histórico. México D.F. 06300
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 to 19:00.