Thursday, 19 August 2010

Gemeente Museum Den Haag

Tupperware is great. So when I read (in KLM's in-flight mag, again) that there was an exhibition on at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag I knew I had to go! Den Haag (or The Hague, as it's also known) is a mere 45 min train from Amsterdam. Although this time we lucked out and went with friends with wheels, even better. It was pretty easy to find the museum by car, and it was quite a big and impressive building. I was expecting something way smaller.
The Tupperware exhibition itself, on the other hand, was indeed quite smaller than I was hoping for, just one room. And this weekend just gone was it's last week. Sorry, kids, you missed out. But it was still nice to see the products, which included a few classics from my mum's own kitchen. And that's just the thing, isn't it, we all still have Tupperware, it's almost indestructible!
Alongside the products and little kitchenette, were some lovely printed pieces of Tupperware history:
I think she's the pirate Queen of Tupperware. This is her latest hoard! I can hear her now: 'Hahaha! I have conquered the Tupperware seas of suburbia, there is no stopping me now!'.
And rather Stepford-wife-esque glazed-over Babrie mum.
Gingham, glad you're here, too.
Cigarette and match holder. Wow...
I have to say, I like vintage Tupperware better than the new stuff.
Alongside the Tupperware exhibition was a wonderful treat: Norm = Form. Also now finished I'm afraid. You've gotta be quick!
An interesting exhibition about archetypal product design and the designers role in the standardisation of products.
The Gemeente Museum itself is really incredible. It's like walking around in a three-dimensional Mondrian. Wonderful staircase.
One of my favourite pieces (name I forgot to record...7 sisters or something like that), which was a huge tapestry in subtle tones and sublime stitching. Some of the detail shown below:
Oooh, reminds me of a big fat slug of a dog...
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Visitor info here.

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