Show that everything can be different. That is what Pieke Bergmans strives for and how she established her name as a designer at lightning speed. The Noordbrabants Museum invited Bergmans for her first solo museum exhibition in the Netherlands. The beautiful work of Pieke Bergmans can be admired in ’s-Hertogenbosch until the beginning of January 2015.

Pieke Bergmans broke through in 2006 with her Crystal Virus series, a series of mouth-blown vases that – draped on a chair or table – take on their final shape only while solidifying.
Surprised that many materials are pushed into a straitjacket, Bergmans is fascinated by the natural properties of these materials and the new shapes that can arise from movement. Characteristic of Bergmans’ method is that she closely studies existing production processes and then manipulates them so that the material gets the space to choose its own, miraculous way. Bergmans works, among other things, with glass, plastic and synthetics, all substances that become soft and malleable with heating during the production process.

During cooling, Bergmans intervenes, whereby the still freely moving, creeping and meandering shape is brought to a standstill. A ‘frozen’ moment with a unique object as the result. ‘Free’ has become ‘Freeze’.
Pieke Bergmans studies graphic design at AKV/St. Joost in Breda, 3D design at ArtEZ in Arnhem, industrial design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and product design at the Royal College of Art in London.
After her studies, she opened her own studio in Amsterdam and Milan, and she also has a workplace in Tilburg. Currently, her work is included in multiple international museums and private collections. In Brazil, she was named this year as ‘Designer of the Year’.
Pieke Bergmans drew the design of the exhibition Freeze, Pieke Bergmans Design herself. Especially for the exhibition, filmmaker Pieter van Huystee made three short films about her methods.

The Noordbrabants Museum
, Verwersstraat 41 in ’s-Hertogenbosch. 
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.

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Photography: Mirjam Bleeker


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