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Rijksstudio Award – Make your own Masterpiece

The Rijksmuseum invites the public to “Make your own Masterpiece” to celebrate the first anniversary of it’s award-winning digital collection, the so-called “Rijksstudio”.

By Editor / 07-11-2013

The task is simple: create a design in any shape or form inspired by the Rijksmuseum's own collection, ranging from masterpieces by Rembrandt to chairs by Gerrit Rietveld. Anyone can enter. The museum wants to take the winning design into production.

The jury is made up of design experts like Caroline Baumann (Director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) and Wallpaper Editor Tony Chambers. The designer of the new “Rijks” logo, Irma Boom is a member, as is Renny Ramakers, co-founder of Droog Design. The final two members are Caroline Krouwels (Head of Creative at department store De Bijenkorf) and Taco Dibbits, Director of Collections at the Rijksmuseum.

Boom says she expected to see some interesting work.  “I was in a jury in Madrid for the Rijksstudio and saw some very nice ideas like a bicycle wheel imprinted with patterns from the collection.  When it is wet, the bike leaves traces of the patterns behind.”

To inspire the onlooker, the Rijksmusuem shows a silk scarf by fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe inspired by the 17th century painting Emblematic Still Life with Flagon, Glass, Jug and Bridle by Johannes Torrentius.  The painting Van der Slobbe selected is supposed to teach moderation, while the painter “was repeatedly accused of being a whoremonger and a heretic,” the museum tells us.

Earlier this year Droog Design turned a famous 17th century flower painting – Still life with flowers and glass vase by Jan Davidszn de Heem - into a tattoo.  

The Rijksstudio gives its general audience digital access to the larger part (125,000 items) of the collection of the Rijksmuseum, the most important museum of the Netherlands. On the website every user can also save his favourites and rework them into new designs.  Over a 100,000 people have thus created their “own” Rijksstudio.

The award-winning website is now one year old: “And that’s something we're very proud of,” the museum says. “We're even more proud of all the amazing creations that users have made based on our collection.”

The ten best designs will be exhibited at the Rijksmuseum. The winner of the award will be announced on 1 April 2014.

Main image: Tattoo by Droog Design,
small: Silk scarf by Alexander van Slobbe.

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