From Salone del Mobile in Milan to our gallery in Amstelveen: Eyecatchers by Jan van der Vaart in the sales exhibition Post-War Ceramists
A vintage collection of bronze coloured objects by the influential twentieth century ceramist Jan van der Vaart (1931-2000) returns to Amstelveen. Earlier this year, Kunstconsult lent the work to the leading Italian designer furniture company Molteni&C as a decoration of their stand at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. The objects are on show from the 24th of October as a part of the sales exhibition Post-War Ceramists.
Tulip tower selected for Molteni
Jan van der Vaart belonged to the first generation of ceramists that revived the practice of ceramics in the Netherlands in the 1950s. With his abstract and geometrical ceramics, he introduced a new vision on form and colour, based on the Bauhaus tradition. A clear shape and function were his main priority. He built up forms from geometrical elements, like his famous stackable tulip vase. Next to unique objects he designed series, or ‘multiples’, that were accessible to a larger audience. In 1968, Van der Vaart got appointed as teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. As a teacher, he had great influence on the development of Dutch ceramics.
A collection of geometrically formed bronze coloured objects by Van der Vaart – among which a decorative tulip tower – was incorporated into a luxurious contemporary Molteni interior at the Salone del Mobile 2018. The objects were selected from the Kunstconsult collection by stand designers Alessandro Pasinelli Studio and creative director Vincent van Duysen. The latter is a well-known Belgian architect and Designer of the year 2016.
Unique works from leading artists
Besides a large collection of unique works and multiples by Jan van der Vaart, the sales exhibition Post-War Ceramists also contains unique works from other leading ceramists, among which Hans de Jong, Babs Haenen, Lies Cosijn, Etie van Rees, Johan van Loon, Johnny Rolf, Veronika Pöschl and Suzanne Taub. Many of these artists have studied or taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.