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.

Exhibition
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.

Tour
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.

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

Panta Rhei – Daan Brouwer

With silver as a base for sculptures, silversmith Daan Brouwer shows the constant change of form under the motto: ´Everything flows, nothing stays´. The objects he makes, are autonomous and applied art. In the perspective of three-dimensional arts, he honors the tradition of silversmithing with his objects.

In his studio in Haarlem, Daan Brouwer combines traditional silversmithing techniques with contemporary production methods, such as rapid prototyping. Dynamic forms and reflection of the material are central features in his work. This is expressed by surfaces that deform, curves and spheres and by geometric shapes that move and overflow into each other.

Silversmith Daan Brouwer: ‘As a little boy, the Silver Museum inspired me to become a silversmith and now I am here with my own collection. Many of my pieces consist of several parts and consecutive moments that represent an underlying idea or story. The various components interact and connect with each other in an intriguing way. This is exactly what my work stands for. ”

08.11.2019 – 26.01.2020 : Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven (NL)