Creating art from art
Rijksmuseum announces ten best designs inspired by its collection
13 April, 2017
Delft Blue Eyes + Nails, Francine LeClerq & Ali Soltani, USA
Plantstudie Hats, Jessie Hall, England.
The Night Watch Nightshirt, Oliver Watson, The Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has announced the shortlisted entries for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award. An international panel of experts has selected the ten best designs inspired by the Rijksmuseum collection from a grand total of 2,600 entries. The submitted designs are all inspired by the Rijksmuseum collection and based on images from Rijksstudio. They range from a dance performance to contact lenses and even condoms.
The museum will be awarding the Rijksstudio Award for the third time. The Rijksmuseum invites members of the public to draw inspiration from the Rijksmuseum collection, download images from Rijksstudio’s online database of 215,000 digitised items from the museum’s collection made available for non-commercial purposes and use them to create their own artwork. Anyone can take part and all art forms and interpretations are allowed, from design, decorative arts and applied arts to fashion design, photography and video.
This year’s finalists are particularly quirky, not to mention representative of a highly international group, arriving from nine countries. The Plantstudie Hats, the work of a British designer, are three very intricately knitted cranium cozies inspired by Karl Blossfeldt‘s 19th-century photographs of tower-like plants. Then there is a cosmetic contact lens adorned with the blue and white patterns of 16th century Delft pottery, a literally visionary design, a self-described “nod to Marcel Duchamps’s comments on retinal art”.
Two Spanish-based artists have appropriated 1643 drawings and prints by Johann Sadeler called Eva verleidt Adam van de boom te eten, depicting the biblical characters Adam and Eve, and printed the images on condom packages titled Eden Condoms. Masterpieces Never Sleep, an entry from Belarus, is a sleeping mask that features the peepers from Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck’s 1641 Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue.
Shortlisted entries also include Still Life Pixel and Metadata Dress inspired by Abraham Mignon’s Still Life with Flowers and a Watch; Temple Guardian Dance Performance inspired by the anonymous 14th-15th century work Two Temple Guardians; Butter Dish inspired by an 18th century design of a dress with train; Heron Lamp inspired by Ohara Koson’s Zilverreiger in de regen and Pop Up Birds Book inspired by Koson’s Peacock.
You may vote for your favourite design of this year’s selection online until 20 April. The winners of four cash prizes will be announced on 21 April at the Rijksmuseum.