On Friday, November 10, 2017, Marcel Wanders will have a conversation with Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Christian Larsen at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York. “Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age” is a seminal book exploring how the celebrated works of art of the Rijks museum in Amsterdam influence the way we perceive the modern world today.
6:00 PM | Talk
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM | Reception and Book Signing
About “Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age”
More than a book, “Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age,” is a work of art in itself, which shares with us the greatest masterpieces of the past and reveals how they influence how we see the world today. Experience each piece up close with the most surprising detail, as the finest printing techniques and thoughtful perspectives transport these paintings from a different age and vividly bring them to life. The importance of the magnificent selection found within these pages is equally as beautiful and relatable as the story of how this book came to be.
Marcel Wanders, the creator of this splendidly ornate volume, presents his profound appreciation for this outstanding cultural heritage and its timeless significance by offering the insight for its conception. Three years in the making, the book is truly a labor of love. With the museum reopening its doors in 2013 after a ten-year renovation, the book presents the collection without hierarchy and the design combines the ageless master paintings with professional perspectives set in different styles of calligraphy.
Leading contemporary critical thinkers from the worlds of philosophy, art, film, food, trend, business, and design explain how their perception of the world has been influenced by these paintings. Featuring writings of top chef Ferran Adrià, productivity consultant and author David Allen, philosopher and author Alain de Botton, photographer and director Anton Corbijn, fashion designer Angela Missoni, photographer Jimmy Nelson, photographer Erwin Olaf and many more, the testimonies add a new way of seeing not only these masterpieces but also life itself. The calligraphy in the book of the quotes of the contributors is made by Brody Neuenschwander and Massimo Polello.
About Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders is a product and interior designer who drew international recognition for his Knotted Chair produced by Droog Design in 1996. His work is ubiquitous; designing for leading international companies such as Flos, Alessi, Puma, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, MAC Cosmetics, Cappellini, B&B Italia, Moroso and Target. Wanders also designs for architectural projects, such as the Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami and the Villa Moda store in Bahrain. In addition to running his studio, Wanders is cofounder and Artistic Director of the successful design label Moooi (2001). Wanders exhibits widely and his work is included in such significant museum collections as MoMA New York, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the V&A Museum, London. Wanders has further published numerous books and is extensively profiled in the global media, appearing in such publications as the New York Times, Domus, The Financial Times and Wallpaper Magazine.