Question the contradictions of man-made surfaces at Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Designing the Surface. Investigating a vast collection of objects over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency, the art institute uses a meticulous eye for detail to truly question the veil on the design industry, claiming that it is full of falsehood and denial. “Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive.”
The main attraction of the exhibit is a fountain spouting acid—which over time, as the exhibitions continues, will decay its own surface. In a venture to explore the materiality of objects, Het Nieuwe Instituut welcomes you to “take a look into the transformation of products… every coating serves a purpose, whether it is to seduce, protect or imitate.” Explore the depth and possibilities of surface like never before in this experiential new exhibit.