Event

Heritage day workshop ‘Make Your Own Porcelain Card’!

Time to explore our cultural heritage! MoMu will be joining the 15th edition of the cultural festivities of Heritage Day which will be held on Sunday 26 April. To make things even more exciting and interactive, MoMu will be hosting a ‘Make Your Own Porcelain Card’ workshop!

Make your own card @MoMu

Make your own card @MoMu

In our MoMu Library you can discover the peculiar ‘porcelain cards’. These are business cards, menus or invitations that are transferred onto cardboard using a special technique. The result: A glossy effect resembling porcelain. MoMu offers you the opportunity to make your own historical card! Making the card allows you to engage with the past, truly embrace the fashion heart of Antwerp in the 19th century, and it will be the perfect souvenir to bring home with you!

All you have to do is mark 26 April on your agenda and visit MoMu on Heritage Day to join this free interactive workshop for young and older! If you want to know more about Heritage Day at MoMu, read our other blogpost.

 

Collection

SWEET 18 – A day in the life of Marie Antoinette

For many artists the 18th century is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The exhibition SWEET 18 at Kasteel d’Ursel in Antwerp will show you the 18th century through the eyes of fifty contemporary designers. Put together by curators with expertise in various art forms, the exhibition allows you to discover how The Age of Enlightenment influenced the work of artists as Erwin Olaf, Wim Delvoye and Walter Van Beirendonck.

Among the curators is Wim Mertens, curator of the MoMu Collection, who helped putting together the fashion-part of the SWEET 18-exhibition. When it comes to fashion the extravagant style of Marie Antoinette was a trigger for many designers. Her tight bodice, wide skirt and gigantic wig were all part of her exuberant lifestyle and are now a source of inspiration. Thus Wim Mertens gathered some of the most striking and fitting pieces from the MoMu collection.

SWEET 18 - Kasteel d'Ursel

SWEET 18 – Kasteel d’Ursel

The result is a visual summary of how Marie Antoinette was the catalyst for collections of designers as Yohji Yamamoto as well as French fashion houses like Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Raf Simons for Dior, Thierry Mulger and Olivier Theyskens for Rochas and Nina Ricci. Also Walter Van Beirendonck, Bernhard Willhelm and Jolien-Rosanne Klaassen will surprise you with their take on the 21st century Marie Antoinette.

Wim Mertens, Curator of the MoMu Collection: The silhouettes that have been selected to be shown in SWEET 18 have both obvious and more subtle references to the fashion styles of the 18th century. The visitors are challenged to discover and interpret these links so that the garments are experienced in a new and sometimes unexpected  and unusual way.  The interaction with the scarcely changed 18th century apartments of the castle creates an elegant and refreshing effect.

© Yohji Yamamoto - Walter Van Beirendonck Foto's: Stanny Derderen

© Yohji Yamamoto – Walter Van Beirendonck
Foto’s: Stanny Derderen

You can go and explore the former summerhouse of the d’Ursel family from 1/05/2015 until 5/07/2015. In the old bedrooms of the family you can behold the various sculptures, furniture, paintings and of course fashion pieces to a soundtrack by British composer Max Richter.

Of course MoMu+friends will be there to see what the exposition has to offer. They will enjoy a guided tour by Wim Mertens himself and afterwards there is an afternoon tea to be savored by the friends. If you want to join us, become a MoMu+friend for this and many other experiences.

Press&PR

The artist is absent by Alison Chernick

Watch the trailer of ‘The Artist is Absent’, a documentary by filmmaker Alison Chernick on Martin Margiela, which debutes on Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, featuring interviews with Suzy Menkes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Inge Grognard, Geert Bruloot, Olivier Saillard and MoMu’s director Kaat Debo. More info on the documentary here.

Workshop

Workshops for kids – Easter Holidays

The catwalk of the kids ©MoMu

The catwalk of the kids ©MoMu

During the Easter holidays MoMu organized a variety of workshops for kids between the ages of 5 and 16 years old.  All ages made different creations around the theme of our current exhibition Inspirations by Dries Van Noten.

As every designer, the kids needed to get inspired before they started to make their own collection. They visited the exhibition, but creative minds that children are, they got impatient and wanted to start designing themselves. In the workshop, they made their own mini-version of a garment. After some painting and sewing their first collection was ready to go on the catwalk. In other workshops the kids had the opportunity to work with flowers and gold, just like Dries. They also learned how music and fashion go together perfectly.

The kids visit Dries Van Noten ©MoMu

The kids visit Dries Van Noten ©MoMu

After seeing Dries Van Noten’s work in the museum, it was time to see his work in an actual boutique. It’s a lucky coincidence that there is one around the corner of MoMu Antwerp. In front of the window they got the chance to exchange opinions. Some of theme loved it, others found it bizarre but in the end they all had an extraordinary day and couldn’t wait to show their works of art at home.

Interested? Join us at the workshops this summer!

little designers ©MoMu

little designers ©MoMu

Press&PR

Pacman your way to MoMu!

Finding your way through the beautiful streets of Antwerp doesn’t have to be difficult. With the new Pac-Maps, created by Google, you can navigate your way to MoMu, simply by going up, down, left or right. If you can make your way past the ghosts (maybe pick up some cherry’s on the way) you can come visit our exposition Dries Van Noten Inspirations at MoMu.

On the 31th of march, Google launched PAC-maps to give people the best possible experience around them. Whether this launch was an early April fools’ joke or not, we like it. After wasting some time at time at the office, secretly collecting pac-dots on our phones, we wanted to share this fun little game with you.

MoMu on Pac-maps

MoMu on Pac-maps

You can use the #PACMaps on Google Maps on your desktop and the latest version of iOS and Android. Click here if you want to play the game (only works on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox). After you finish, you can share your score with @MoMuAntwerp via the share button.

Press&PR

Tao & MoMu dare you!

Event, Library

Heritage Day 2015: Inherit!

Time to explore our cultural heritage!
MoMu will be joining the 15th edition of the cultural festivities of Heritage Day which will be held on Sunday 26 April. Because of this special day, MoMu has a special treat for visitors!

Poster, ca. 1900-1930, A la Vièrge Noire, Kipdorp Antwerp, MoMu T99-54

Poster, ca. 1900-1930, A la Vièrge Noire, Kipdorp Antwerp, MoMu T99-54

MoMu often receives donations from people who inherited objects such as grandma’s hat in its original hat box with an old business card from a local fashion store. Such objects can be extremely valuable for historical research and used to make a reconstruction of the heart of Antwerp’s fashion district. On Heritage Day MoMu we’ll be exhibiting a number of peculiar donations along with its cultural story.

Box for a top hat, ca. 1880-1900, Constant Rossaert Antwerp, MoMu T90-3, photo: Suzan Rylant

Box for a top hat, ca. 1880-1900, Constant Rossaert Antwerp, MoMu T90-3, photo: Suzan Rylant

Historical Porcelain Cards, MoMu Archives

Historical Porcelain Cards, MoMu Archives

Heritage Day is free of charge and can be visited between 10:00 and 18:00. Alongside Heritage Day, you can also visit our latest MoMu exhibition Dries Van Noten. Inspirations (entrance fee €8/€6)!

Promotional document, ca. 1925-1926, Maison Vaxelaire-Claes, Groenplaats Antwerp, MoMu T97-131

Promotional document, ca. 1925-1926, Maison Vaxelaire-Claes, Groenplaats Antwerp, MoMu T97-131

Event, Press&PR

MoMu+Friends meets Wouters & Hendrix

Wouters & Hendrix  at work

Wouters & Hendrix at work

When you are a MoMu+Friend you go places! Recently, Antwerp jewellery designer Wouters & Hendrix opened the doors of their studio to welcome members of MoMu+Friends, the membership programme of MoMu.

MoMu+friends visit Wouters & Hendrix

MoMu+friends visit Wouters & Hendrix

Inside the atelier of Wouters & Hendrix

Inside the atelier of Wouters & Hendrix

Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix welcomed us with some lovely drinks and took us back to the days when it all started. Did you know Katrin and Karen started around the same time as the Antwerp 6. Just like many other Belgian designers in the eighties, they took a quirky approach to fashion, incorporating humour and the unexpected in their brand and their designs This approach transformed Wouters & Hendrix from a two-woman team to a company with dedicated departments for each aspect of the business.

Tour inside the atelier of Wouters & Hendrix

Tour inside the atelier of Wouters & Hendrix

Next up was a tour of the atelier! It was incredible to see all the different specialists do very precise and intricate work. There were people specialist in gold, specialised in silver, people dedicated to making locks, etc. Jewellery is a little bit like haute couture, the designers relies on many different specialists to create one beautiful piece.

Another beautiful piece in the making @ Wouters & Hendrix

Another beautiful piece in the making @ Wouters & Hendrix

The visit was wonderful, we learned more about the designers and the brand, but also a lot about jewellery design. Thank you Wouters & Hendrix!

Do you also like going behind-the-scenes? Join MoMu+Friends! friends.momu.be

Collection, Library

April’s Fools Day Postcard

Hand tinted April 1st postcard, early 1900’s, MoMu Library Collection

Hand tinted April 1st postcard, early 1900’s, MoMu Library Collection

Happy Fool’s Day!
Our librarians stumbled upon this cute hand tinted April 1st postcard from the early 1900′s!

Did you know that the origin of April 1st is believed to originate from the New Year’s Day moves. Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1st or March 25th.

In 1582 the Gregorian Calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated January 1st. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate on April 1st. Other people began making fun of these traditionalists, and trick them into believing something false. In France it was also a custom to send a postcard figuring a fish!

Exhibition, Press&PR

Andrew Zuckerman ‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’

‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ by Andrew Zuckerman for Dries Van Noten until 19/07 at ING Bank Metropool in Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ by Andrew Zuckerman for Dries Van Noten until 19/07 at ING Bank Metropool in Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ by Andrew Zuckerman for Dries Van Noten until 19/07 at ING Bank Metropool in Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ by Andrew Zuckerman for Dries Van Noten until 19/07 at ING Bank Metropool in Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Dries Van Noten. Inspirations’, an installation with 4 films inspired by nature by American filmmaker and photographer Andrew Zuckerman is on view at the monumental hall of ING Bank ‘Metropool’ in Antwerp.

‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ by Andrew Zuckerman for Dries Van Noten until 19/07 at ING Bank Metropool in Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ by Andrew Zuckerman for Dries Van Noten until 19/07 at ING Bank Metropool in Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

Inspired by nature and by playing with the compression and expansion of time and movements, Zuckerman has found new ways to connect the viewer with its surroundings. The speed of four short movies exhibited of flowers in bloom and decay, a two week transformation of a swallowtail and the movement of an eagle has been decreased by 1/600e and conceives a clear image of the temporary changes in the nature. The collection allows the viewers to experience the ecological landscapes.

One of these videos also features in the expo at MoMu itself: ‘Cycle’, see below perfectly complements the mural of the ‘Flower Garden’ installation specially commissioned  by Japanse artist Makoto Azuma.

CYCLE from CHAPEAU FX on Vimeo.

The installation ‘Cycle, Emergence, Variance, Flight’ can be viewed in the hall of the ING Bank, Office Metropool, Lange Gasthuisstraat 20, BE-2000 Antwerp from Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm, (free entrance).