Maarten Baas: New Times
Angelika Nollert (Ed.)
Pinakothek der Moderne, Design Museum & Walther König, 2021
Maarten Baas (*1978) is currently considered one of the most influential Dutch designers. With the exhibition “Maarten Baas – New Times” Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is showing for the first time a solo exhibition of him in Germany.
His international breakthrough came in 2002 with his graduation work “Smoke”, in which he burned design classics such as those by Gerrit Rietveld or Ettore Sottsass without destroying their function.
Considered rebellious, playful, intellectual, and artistic, his work earned him an autonomous position in the design scene early in his creative career. Baas’ varied approach and understanding of design is also evident in the series “Real Time” (since 2009), in which he devotes himself to the theme of time.
In close collaboration with Maarten Baas, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is showing several works from the series “Real Time” as well as a related installation specifically designed for the exhibition. By combining different disciplines such as performance, film, technology, art and design, he manages to rethink clocks. The hands of the clocks are moved manually in real time in 12-hour films. Every minute, the past minute is being wiped away and a new one is being painted. This action highlights the transience and, above all, irretrievability of time.
With his clocks, Baas has found new ways to deal with the phenomenon of time and to tell stories with his design.