Musical Machines

Design #4: Jelle Mastenbroek On show until 27 october

From 8 December 2018 to 27 October 2019, the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden presents the exhibition Design#4: Jelle Mastenbroek. The works by Mastenbroek (1988) bridge the gap between ceramics and music. The exhibition features two installations by the designer, with which he gives seemingly traditional furniture a new function.

Jelle Mastenbroek presents two installations in his solo exhibition in the Princessehof, including a new work. At the touch of a button, the player piano and porcelain cabinet produce fascinating compositions. A second installation, Splendour Lender, questions the true function of money: a coin is the instrument that brings the machine to life. Both works enable the visitor to experience ceramics in a completely new way.

Jelle Mastenbroek studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Mastenbroek's designs encourage a reconsideration of traditional functions and seek new meanings. In 2016 Mastenbroek won the Milano Design Award 2016 – Best Technology.

Dutch designers increasingly incorporate ceramics in their designs. The Princessehof highlights this movement with a new annual series of design exhibitions under the title Design#. Design#4: Jelle Mastenbroek opens simultaneously with exhibitions by Lennart Lahuis and Galerie De Witte Voet.