March 14th, 2019

A room of wonder to celebrate 35 years of Wouters & Hendrix

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For some unknown reason,

a small detail or object

can make appear, as by magic,

fragrant memories of love, sounds and sights.

Those are wonderful moments

and these objects are treasures.

The second part of a series of Rooms of Wonder exhibitions is opening at the DIVA diamond museum on September 13th 2019. Wouters & Hendrix take over the baton from Axel Vervoordt as guest curators. Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix look back at what has amazed and inspired them in their 35-year career as jewellery designers and storytellers with a view to bringing together items of jewellery from their own body of work with gems from DIVA’s collection, contemporary art and curiosities. ‘Room of Wonder II: Wouters&Hendrix’ will run until February 16th 2020.

Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix: “We cannot imagine a more perfect way to celebrate our 35th birthday than with an exhibition that takes visitors to the very heart of the Wouters & Hendrix treasure house.”

The leitmotif of the exhibition is Wouters & Hendrix’s fascination with remarkable stories and the precious metals silver and gold. The novel assemblages, so typical of their work, provide an explosion of forms and colours. An important aspect of the exhibition is Antwerp’s famed craftsmanship which is reflected in the collections. Set designer Bob Verhelst reflects the design duo’s inimitable, surrealist style in an imaginative exhibition set. He has designed several of MoMu’s (Antwerp fashion museum’s) exhibitions, including ‘Delvaux. 180 years of Belgian luxury’ and ‘Margiela. The Hermès years’.

A SERIES OF ROOMS OF WONDER With the focus on silverware, jewellery and diamonds, DIVA wants to contribute to the wonderment, curiosity and exchange of knowledge triggered by material culture. So as part of a special programme, she has invited trailblazing guest curators to create their very own version of a Room of Wonder. These guest curators might be collectors, patrons, artists, fashion, jewellery or interior designers, silversmiths, architects or photographers. They are free to draw on the museum’s collection and supplement it with other (art) objects in a bid to shed light on the ‘wonderment’ concept from different angles and link it to gemstones and precious metals.