Last Saturday, Boijmans van Beuningen opened their doors for the public to see their new exhibition Hand Made. During the exhibition’s opening night - Museum Night in Rotterdam, The Netherlands - the exhibit was visited by more than 13,500 people.

Over the past decade, handcrafted products have become more and more  popular in the arts and design world. Designers draw inspiration from handmade objects and traditional techniques and they produce their products themselves. Hand Made shows an historic overview of crafts, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

‘With our rich collection of handcrafted objects and all the knowledge we have amassed about them over the years, we want to raise the discussion about crafts to a new level and enrich people’s image of craftsmanship’, says curator Mienke Simon Thomas.

All the objects are arranged around seven clichés about craftsmanship: the honest, unique virtuoso, artistic, traditional, professional and amateur. The objects are arranged in such a way that the clichés may seem true, but the exhibition also takes care to debunk common myths about crafts. 

The museum is also organising its own large-scale Hand Made Market on 12 May, with exclusive handmade art and design objects.

Hand Made: Long Live Crafts is on until 20 May at Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Boijmans van Beuningen
Museumpark 183015 CX
Rotterdam, the Netherlands