A royal encounter with Dutch design
From 22 March to 29 June 2014 Paleis Het Loo is presenting the work of Dutch designers in five historic interiors of the palace in an exhibition entitled ‘Royal Showpieces, a royal encounter with Dutch design’. For the first time in the history of Paleis Het Loo these traditional interiors will be given a different look. Using museum pieces from the depots along with clothing, tableware and art objects the well-known exhibition curator Nicole Uniquole is presenting a lively dialogue between the royal taste of the past and contemporary Dutch design.
JANTAMINIAU COUTURE COLLECTION, POETIC CLASH © PETER STIGTER
The presentation ‘Royal Showpieces’ contains work from Dutch designers like Tord Boontje, Mieke Meijer, Scholten & Baijings, Scheltens & Abbenes, Paul Heijnen and Winde Rienstraas as well as foreign designers like Ingo Maurer en Ying Gao. Nicole Uniquole is assisted by the famous interior and exhibition designers Maarten Spruyt and Tsur Reshef. In 2012 Uniquole, Spruyt and Reshef mounted the successful exhibition ‘Dutch Design, House of Orange’ in the former palace of the royal family, Schloss Oranienbaum, in Dessau, Germany.
Uniquole’s presentation highlights details from the rich palace interiors at Het Loo which otherwise may be overwhelmed in the context of the historic setting. Items from the museum’s depots, seldom seen by the public at large, have also been selected for display. Painted and plastered ceilings are reflected in the floors, colours and music appeal to the senses and dramatic lighting effects encourage visitors to see Het Loo through different eyes. The New Dining Room, the Audience Hall, the bedchamber of King-Stadholder Willem III, the Salon of Prince Willem V and the sitting room of Queen Wilhelmina are viewed from a different perspective.
Since the opening of Paleis Het Loo to the public in 1984 the forty interiors have reflected the way in which the royal family of the House of Orange lived in the palace over a period of three centuries. Through their travels, state visits and marriages with foreign princes and princesses, the royal family came into contact with exclusive art and design. They acquired works, employed designers and acted as patrons of the art and crafts in the Netherlands. Uniquole extrapolates this line through to 2014.