PAST PROJECTS THAT HAVE INSPIRED US.
Here we refer you to some projects that took place in the past, however which might still be relevant or interesting to look back at.
Cahier Henry van de Velde - still available!
One of the objectives of the foundation is to make scientific material on Henry van de Velde easily accessible for the English speaking world.
We therefore supported the Fonds Henry van de Velde (La Cambre, Brussels) in its ambition to translate in English a special issue of the Cahiers Henry van de Velde dedicated to the close relationships and influences between van de Velde, Walter Gropius and the artistic, economic and political spheres in Weimar at the eve of the Bauhaus’ foundation. This original essay signed by Anne Van Loo – a major specialist of van de Velde life and work – was first published in the framework of the Bauhaus centenary in 2019 and it was the starting point of an international conference on van de Velde and the Bauhaus, held in Brussels in February 2019.
This e-book is available in English - for free - for the academic world and other interested parties.
Monogram: HVDV - the artist as designer
In 2019, a monogram on HVDV by Richard Hollis was published. It is the first major study on Henry van de Velde’s work in English for 30 years. The book, called “Van de Velde: The artist as designer”, contains over 300 illustrations and focuses on the tension between HVDV as a creator or artist and as the designer.
Richard Hollis is a writer and design lecturer, who first became interested in Henry van de Velde’s work when visiting the Kunst-gewerbemuseum in Zurich in 1958. His book portrays the continuing appreciation for Henry van de Velde’s work.
Richars Hollis: “The introduction to my book describes my continuing admiration for Henry van de Velde. The influence of English writers and designers was particularly interesting.”
A copy of the book can be ordered here.
Kuenzli, Horst Honored with NEH Grants for Book Projects
Katherine Kuenzli, associate professor of art history, received a $250,000 Scholarly Editions and Translations grant. She and project co-directors Michael André and Kathleen James-Chakraborty will use the funds to prepare a critical edition and translation of a selection of writings by the Belgian artist and essayist Henry van de Velde titled Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889–1914.
Kuenzli also is working on a monograph titled Henry van de Velde: Designing Modernism. Together with Selected Essays, these projects recover van de Velde’s important role in Neo-Impressionist painting and the German Werkbund, and they demonstrate how ideas of internationalism and the total work of art lie at the heart of modern approaches to museum display, art education, and industrial design.
You can pre-order the book via this link.
Renovation Book Tower Gent
One of the most daring Henry van de Velde projects going on at the moment is the restoration and renovation of the Boekentoren in Gent, Belgium. The library in this building houses 3 million books. Van de Velde designed the Boekentoren for the University of Gent in 1936. The building was finalized in 1942. Because of its strategic location on top of a small hill in Gent, the tower was used by the Germans in the 2nd World War. Due to the intensive usage of the building during the war combined with poor repairs in the past, the university took a bold decision: invest almost €50 million to complete a full renovation of the Boekentoren. Architects Robbrecht and Daem were selected to design the renovation.
You can follow the progress of the restoration project as well as the future plans for the Boekentoren here.
Tea gown - 2019 at Klassik Stiftung Weimar
The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is currently showcasing the “Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900” exhibition at the Neues Museum Weimar. For this exhibition the Stiftung has recreated a beautiful tea gown which Henry van de Velde designed for and with his wife Marie in 1896. Unfortunately, the dress itself doesn’t exist anymore. Only the collar, the cuffs and the hem have stood the test of time while photographs of Maria van de Velde give an impression of how the tea gown was worn.
The ornamental embroideries, with which the collar, sleeve and hem are trimmed, were designed by Henry. Marie, working with a seamstress, took charge of the realization. The wide-cut waist allows the wearer to decide for herself whether she wishes to wear a corset. The gown was made specifically for Marie and was one of her favorites. More than likely for that reason, it is one of the most frequently pictured morning dresses by van de Velde.
Find out more here.
Replica chairs – 2019 at Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Klassik Stiftung Weimar, has two chairs of Henry van de Velde in its collection:
• “Model Bloemenwerf”
• “Model Kessler”
They will have replicas of these chairs in their upcoming permanent exhibition (beginning April 5th, 2019 for several years) to give the visitors also haptic access to the works, especially visually handicapped people.
Visit the website of Klassik Stiftung Weimar here.
Bauhaus Jubilee Coin - 2019
The German Federal Government has minted a 20-euro commemorative coin "100 Years Bauhaus” which was issued on 19 March 2019. The coin honors the founding of Bauhaus by Walter Gropius on April 1, 1919.
The image on the coin shows the eventful and exciting world of Bauhaus. It encompasses all areas of artistic design that Bauhaus wanted to combine into a Gesamtkunstwerk. Through this complexity of content, the coin accompanies the observer through 100 years of Bauhaus. Amon them is a detail of the School of Art in Weimar by van de Velde.
For orders (website in German only), click here.