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'TED': Ted Noten
March 1st - August 19th 2018
'Museum aan het Vrijthof presents artist Ted Noten'

TED: Ted Noten
March 1 – August 19, 2018

In 2018 Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht welcomes artist and designer Ted Noten. With the retrospective exhibition 'TED', the museum shows the versatility of the idiosyncratic artist. Bags, jewelry, 3D-printed objects, but also installations, projections and photography. The exhibition, during and around the TEFAF art fair, takes place from March  1 to August 19, 2018.


The exhibition 'TED' gives the public 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 various cabinets and period rooms, that are so characteristic of Museum aan het Vrijthof, lend themselves perfectly to show a different aspect of the artist at every turn. In addition, new and unknown work of the artist will 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.

Worldwide 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; these are 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. As always, with his designs he raises questions about convention and habituation; about the obvious and the unusual.
Ted Noten
Guy van Grinsven: 'About Life'
Starting August 30th 2018
Guy van Grinsven: ‘About Life’
"A unique overview exhibition in Museum aan het Vrijthof"

In his more than 40-year career, Limburg's best known photographer Guy van Grinsven (Maastricht, 1949), perhaps made more than a million photographs - he lost count years ago. Initially lugging with heavy analog equipment, he reported on sporting events, events with true and would-be society figures and royal state visits. But he also traveled the four corners of the world, on his own. For Guy, the world knows no bounds. He feels as much at home anywhere as he does in Kanne, near Maastricht, where he lives.

After obtaining his diploma at the Fotovakschool (one of the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions for professional photography in Europe) and three years of employment by the Nationaal Fotopersbureau (NFP - National Photo Press Agency), Guy van Grinsven developed himself from provocative glamour-photographer to a master of portraits, situations, complete travel photo reports, TV-documentaries, as well as publisher of NIVEAU-magazine and the two successful ALL AROUND MAASTRICHT photo books. He won a prize for his work thee times in the Zilveren Camera-competition. He witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, as the only Dutch photographer at the scene.  

During the exhibition ‘About Life’, the visitor is introduced to a number of new aspects of his versatile mastery. The selection of works was a big challenge. From early glamour and pin-up photos to moving Blootgewoon (name of a TV-show about breast cancer survivors) photographs, lovingly made reports from the Meuse-Rhine Euregio (his international backyard), eerie travel reports from - among other countries - Cuba, traveling with the royal family and a wedding report with a big ‘van Grinsven’-wink. A unique portrait gallery of Mary Servaes, a room dedicated to 9/11 and an impression of Guy’s most recent studio and location-work.

‘About Life’ will be exhibited in Museum aan het Vrijthof starting August 30th.

Photo: Guy van Grinsven
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