The Groninger Museum, one of the most important museums in the Netherlands, will be hosting the first major MAARTEN BAAS retrospect. Hide & Seek (opening 18 February) highlights the work of one of Holland’s most famous and well-respected artists. MAARTEN BAAS’ Hide & Seek shows the many faces of a man who has been keeping the design and art world on its toes for 15 years.
“The Groninger Museum has a long history with Maarten Baas. Through special commissions the museum has built an important collection of his work. The Mendini Restaurant interior that Maarten redesigned in 2010 is an absolute highlight in this sense. We are very proud to present the first major museum solo exhibition of this extraordinary designer.” -Andreas Blühm, Director Groninger Museum.
Hide & Seek displays the biggest statements MAARTEN BAAS has produced over the last decade. From the iconic pieces of SMOKE and CLAY, with which he took the world by storm, to the much-celebrated REAL TIME, a series of clocks that tell the time in real time through theatrical performances. The exhibition is a testament to the multitalented and multifaceted BAAS, someone who devotes himself to being both and neither an artist or designer.
Hide & Seek is a reference to BAAS’ reputation as the Houdini of Dutch Design. Impossibly difficult to pinpoint and escaping any attempt at stereotyping. According to BAAS, structure only creates limitation. He quite literally plays the children’s game of hide and seek in the gaps, in the voids.
A body of work between intellect and feeling, between what we know and don’t know, between nature and culture, between freedom and limitations, between the truth and a lie.
“If there were a trace-tracker of my career path you could look back to see that I sometimes zigzag and sometimes move straight ahead. Sometimes running, sometimes slow, sometimes on track and sometimes way off. I trust that my intuition is wiser than my head.” MAARTEN BAAS
BAAS’ theatrical approach to his exhibitions is visualised in 18 videos specially made for Hide & Seek. BAAS is known for the way he seeks new paths, constantly reinventing himself. For being thoughtful and intelligent but also playful and naïve. For designing functional furniture and producing absurdist videos in the same breath. For being both introvert and flamboyant. For playing a game of hide and seek, implicitly raising the question: Who Is MAARTEN BAAS?