ANDREAS MURKUDIS presents a dialogue between the colourful worlds of Muller Van Severen and Willem Cole at Store 77 in Berlin
ANDREAS MURKUDIS presents a new exhibition at Store 77 in Berlin, where the colourful worlds of Belgian duo Muller Van Severen and Belgian artist Willem Cole meet. Opening on November 11 and running until 13 January, this exhibition can be seen as an encounter, a meeting, a conversation.
Chairs, lamps, tables, shelves and rugs by the Belgian design duo will be shown in conjunction with the concrete abstract drawings by contemporary artist Willem Cole, who will also show new mosaic rods for the first time.
Next to their mutual love for colour and research, Muller Van Severen and Willem Cole are also constantly flirting with the boundary between art and design. While Muller Van Severen’s designs appear to be created almost intuitively and with total effortlessness, the art of Willem Cole, based on three basic colours with more or less white space in between, demonstrates how a manifold of varieties can emerge out of utterly limited set of basic differences.
"We’re really excited for this new show at ANDREAS MURKUDIS. Andreas was one of the first 'believers' of our work, which created a deep bond. We had our first show in Berlin with him in 2014 and we did some great shows together ever since."
- Fien Muller, Muller Van Severen
Fien Muller, Hannes van Severen, Andreas Murkudis and Willem Cole will attend the opening event on November 11th.
Muller Van Severen x Willem Cole
ANDREAS MURKUDIS STORE 77
Potsdamer Strasse 77
Press Preview: November 10th, 3 – 6 PM
Opening: 11 November, 2-6 PM
11 November 2023 - 13 January 2024
About Muller Van Severen
Muller Van Severen was founded in the early Spring of 2011. With both Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen being artists, it’s natural that their collections sit somewhere between design and art. Muller Van Severen have been on an inspired quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects, always including the space around it, and characterized by a careful research into their shared passion for art, architecture and materials. At the same time Muller Van Severen’s designs appear to be created almost intuitively and with total effortlessness. It looks as if the designers draw with crayons in space.
After winning countless awards and collaborating with prestigious museums (such as Vitra Museum, Centre Pompidou and Musée d'Art Decorative Paris) and galleries (Galerie Kreo, Andreas Murkudis, Tim Van Laere Gallery) worldwide, Muller Van Severen is considered to be one of the most image-defining European design teams of today. Their creations are globally identified in both private homes and public spaces. All of Muller Van Severens own production pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and skilled artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.
About Willem Cole
Although the sources of inspiration, methods, forms and subjects in the work of the Ghent artist Willem Cole seem at first sight quite simple, one cannot nevertheless consider and categorise it unambiguously.
Cole does portraits of friends and relatives on the basis of a mixture of science and painting. The works are not pure painting, but nor can they be defined as sculpture or installations. He mixes genres and media while aiming for the purest and most highly refined result. He wants to distance himself as much as possible from virtuoso painting in order to emphasise the individuality of the medium, a two-dimensional reality, without lapsing into a naive, childish or expressionist style. To do this he draws both on the tradition of geometric abstraction and the sciences.
By negating virtuosity and making abstract monochrome volumes, Cole is constantly flirting with the boundary between art and design. However, the person-based element that is expressed both in his resolute choice of portraits and in the fact that he only depicts people from his immediate environment, friends and family, means that his work transcends this and that it has a unique poetry and visual force.
About ANDREAS MURKUDIS
Considered one of Germany's most renowned retailers, Andreas Murkudis runs three expertly curated stores on Potsdamer Strasse in Berlin. Andreas Murkudis uses the space of STORE 77 to present a specific theme, product or brand that he is particularly passionate about. Depending on the current exhibition, the gallery-like space features either artworks, the finest fashions, or a selection of handcrafted furniture and ceramics. Bespoke products, a curated brand selection and lively opening events make ANDREAS MURKUDIS 77 a must-see destination for art, fashion, furniture and design lovers.
Muller Van Severen & Willem Cole
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