Silver for everyone

The Stedelijk Museum Zutphen is exhibiting Hollandia silver from Zutphen in combination with contemporary silver. The latter is to emphasize how special it is that an age-old craft has stood the test of time with flying colors and is alive and kicking.

Silver for everyone is an exhibition that invites everyone to enjoy the dazzling beauty of old and new silver. 21 contemporary silversmiths from all over the Netherlands display objects in a wide range of shapes and styles. Their work is rooted in an age-old traditional craftsmanship, but innovation and experimentation in materials and technology make their work extremely topical “of today”. On request they drew inspiration from the Zutphens Hollandia silver, which was made between 1917 and 1950 in the Hollandia Silversmederij at Hagepoortplein.

The history of this successful company is told through photographs and film images, archive material, tools and a variety of silver objects from Hollandia’s extensive catalog. It offered customers a choice from an enormously varied range of objects in “Old Dutch” style, from cocktail forks, ashtray, bonbon dishes and bread baskets to a complete coffee and tea set.

Work of the following silversmiths is included in the exhibition: Mark Alexander, Pauline Barendse, Marcel Blok, Kaj Bras, Harm Bron, Daan Brouwer, Maja Houtman, Bas Jansen, Tamara van Kekerix, Jan Matthesius, Jan van Nouhuys, Willem Noyons, Liv-Maritt Prins van Wijngaarden, Maarten Rollfs of Roelofs, Guido Schram, Teun Schraven, Gabri Schumacher, Eelco Veenman, Niels de Vos, Paul de Vries and Malu de Wit.

video is dutch spoken

Zilver voor iedereen / Silver for everyone
05.06.2021 – 27.06.2021 : Stedelijk Museum Zutphen, Zutphen (NL)

Ground Hope – Jan van Nouhuys

As soon as the museum reopens from the Covid-19 lockdown until September 2021, silversmith Jan van Nouhuys will exhibit in Het Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven with Ground Hope. Jan takes the visitor on the way to a point of light on the horizon. At the same time the new book Silver Art – Jan van Nouhuys, Founder of Dutch Contemporary Silver Art will be presented, describing 40 years of the life and work of Jan van Nouhuys.
In this exhibition, the visitor experiences a journey to a sunnier world, accompanied by inspiring, funny and special silver objects such as Goede Morgen Overkant, Briesje and Au Claire de la Lune.

Silver in Motion and exhibition master class participants
Jan van Nouhuys worked as a silversmith for over forty years. At a time when silver had fallen out of fashion as a tool, he consciously chose to make large art objects and eventually found a market for it. Jan van Nouhuys also taught his vision on modern silver at the Vocational School in Schoonhoven. Jan founded the foundation “Silver in Movement” in 1991 to give the profession new impetus, to put silver on the map as an art form and to inspire others. Jan coached silversmiths in his international masterclasses to develop and realize new concepts. These masterclasses formed a development place for up-and-coming talents and experienced silversmiths. Fourteen of them are exhibiting their work in the Silver Museum in addition to Jan: Tamara van Kekerix, Guido Schram, Mark Alexander, Dyon Seelen, Niels de Vos, Liv-Maritt Prins van Wijngaarden, Kaj Bras, Bas Jansen, Sybren Van Wesemael, Patrick Davison, Megan Falconer, Loucinda Nims, Yonatan Avishaul and Leandra Förster.

The exhibition coincides with the presentation of the bilingual book Jan van Nouhuys – silver art – founder of Dutch contemporary silver art. Journalist and art critic Marc Couwenbergh describes the life and work of Jan van Nouhuys. The book is a wonderful introduction to a visit to the museum and offers depth to the visitor who is inspired by the exhibition. The book is available at Publisher Pictures Publishers Woudrichem and also for sale at the Silver Museum. The publication is in Dutch and English, Price € 29,95. Click here to order the book.

Ground Hope
05.06.2021 – 19.09.2021 : Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven (NL)

Crafted Art & Design

The first exhibition of Passì Gallery in Schoonhoven (NL) on its new location will take place during the last weekend of October. Objects made by Mark Alexander, Jorinda Bruggeman, Paul Derrez, Pauline Barendse & Jan Matthesius, Hitomi Hashimoto, André van Loon, Eeelco Veenman, Carsten From Andersen, Yuki Ferdinandsen and Paul de Vries will be on show.

Crafted Art & Design
23.10.2020 – 25.10.2020 : Passì Gallery, Schonhoven (NL)

Sweet September – Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins in New Mexico is considered one of the best enamelists in the United States. She continues to amaze viewers with her superb forms, brilliant colors and stylistic surprises which include stitched seams, gemstones and unusual textures. With great technical skills, Perkins raises the silver or copper forms which then serve as a canvas (inside and out) for the extraordinary painterly surfaces she creates.

Perkins’ vessels and containers are intimate treasures that are decorative, expressive works which are both beautiful and emotive. Nature and culture often inform her designs. Recently named the 2019 Master Metalsmith, Perkins was honored with an exhibition of her work at the Metal Museum in Memphis Tennessee, October 2019 thru March 2020.

Visit the online exhibition at Mobilia Gallery

London Craft Week

London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity. This year the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

Events with silversmithing during the event are:

For further information please visit the London Craft Week website.

Open Up – HammerClub exhibition

The Dutch Silver Museum opens its doors with the international exhibition OPEN UP made for the annual meeting of the HammerClub. It is the first time in history that over 70 contemporary silver objects from all over the world can be seen in Schoonhoven.
The OPEN UP theme provides a wide variety of modern silver art with very distinctive contemporary design. Every silversmith uses different techniques, is creative with the use of materials or has his own vision on design. The silversmiths give behind-the-scenes insights into how the object came about with short videos. Also the silversmiths who could not send their piece due to the corona crisis show their work in a video and in the catalogue. OPEN UP is a joy for art lovers and laymen.
Take a look in the catalogue

Harry Brookhuis made a beautiful catalog of the pieces in this exhibition. The catalogue can be ordered by sending Harry an e-mail (€ 12,50 excl. shipping).

The exhibition is a collaboration with Zadkine Vakschool Schoonhoven on the occasion of their 125th anniversary.

02.06.2020 – 13.09.2020 : Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven (NL)

Masterpieces of Delft Silver 1590-1900

From June 1, the exhibition Silver – Masterpieces of Delft Silver 1590-1900 in Museum Prinsenhof Delft is opened. The exhibition presents an overview of the most beautiful silver made in Delft from the beginning of the 17th century. On display are masterpieces from the heyday of Delft silversmithing: showpieces such as nautilus cups, drinking bowls and special table pieces from the 17th century, as well as spectacle pieces for the tea and table ceremony and precious toilet sets from the 18th century. Highlights from the leading own silver collection are supplemented with special loans from the Rijksmuseum, the Boston Museum Fine Arts and leading private collections. Due to the Corona crisis, some loans from Great Britain have not yet been transported to the Netherlands.

17th and 18th century
Absolute masterpieces were made in Delft from the end of the 16th century until the middle of the 17th century. Great masters made fantastic drinking cups, nautilus cups and table pieces for the elite. These silver masterpieces were the center of magnificent receptions. In the 18th century the silversmiths served the Delft beauty with top quality silver to the latest European fashion. The wine coolers, candlesticks, terrines, bread baskets and also the table cutlery and serving cutlery ensured that their guests were impressed.

The museum has made a virtual 360° tour through this exhibition, in which visitors can virtually walk by approximately eighty masterpieces, including nautilus cups, drinking bowls and special hollowware from the 17th and 18th centuries. The images are of an unprecedented high resolution. With six silver objects visitors can zoom in to the smallest detail and view the pieces from all sides.

The museum has taken measures to maintain sufficient distance and to offer visitors a safe and comfortable museum visit. Tickets have to be pre-ordered in the webshop of the museum.

01.06.2020 – 03.01.2021 : Museum Prinsenhof, Delft (NL).