Sunday 4 March 2018

TED: Ted Noten - Museum aan het Vrijthof

TED: Ted Noten exhibition at Museum aan het Vrijthof 
March 1 – August 19, 2018 On March 1, Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht celebrated the opening of the the oeuvre-exhibition 'TED', featuring bags, jewelry, 3D-printed objects, projections and installations of the multidisciplinary artist Ted Noten.

The exhibition 'TED' gives the opportunity to take a tour through the creative brain of artist Ted Noten. The visitor begins in a waiting room and ends in a recovery room. The museum rooms showcase various aspect of the artist. Next to the oevre work, new work is also exhibited.

Ted Noten (1956 Swalmen, Limburg) is one of the most idiosyncratic artists of the moment. His autonomous work has been extensively awarded and included in the collections of a large number of museums, among which the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2012 he was proclaimed ‘Artist of the Year’ by Stichting Kunstweek.

His translucent acrylic bags - often made with materials from luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Prada, in which animals, jewels, cocaine and weapons are enclosed - have tempted collectors, confused authorities, inspired colleagues and challenged students. Beauty and violence, perfection and decay are the recurring themes ever since he made the famous necklace in which a mouse wearing pearls was contained.

With his work Ted Noten mixes street language with the strict marching order of the catwalk. He knows how to connect these within his oeuvre, revealing both the attraction and hypocrisy of the museum, fashion or bourgeois morality. With his designs he raises questions about convention and habituation; about the obvious and the unusual.

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