Room of Wonder II curated by Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix

Exhibition  /  13 Sep 2019  -  16 Feb 2020
Published: 13.08.2019

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The second part of a series of Rooms of Wonder exhibitions is opening at the DIVA diamond museum. The Antwerp design duo Wouters & Hendrix takes 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.

Artist list

Philip Aguirre, David Bielander, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Monika Brugger, Pol Bury, Salvador Dali, Leo Dohmen, Marcel Duchamp, Lucio Fontana, Michel François, Karen Hendrix, René Heyvaert, Evan Holloway, Ann Veronica Janssens, Aarich Jespers, Oscar Jespers, Paul Joostens, Martin Margiela, Marcel Mariën, Fausto Melotti, Meret Oppenheim, Grayson Perry, Man Ray, Oxana Shachko, Xavier Somers, Jesus Rafaël Soto, Walter Swennen, Van Cleef & Arpels, Katrin Wouters, Marina Yee, Niki de Saint Phalle, Daniël von Weinberger
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. 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.
/ Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix

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.

Chairman of the Museumstichting Luk Lemmens: With Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix we are hosting a remarkable duo who are exemplary in the way they balance expert silversmithing with creativity that captures the imagination while remaining accessible. It is the story of two great talents who found a seed-bed in Antwerp and flourished here. Who better than to create a DIVA Room of Wonder! We are proud of this wonderful collaboration with Wouters & Hendrix.

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. Axel Vervoordt was the first guest curator to put together a Room of Wonder at DIVA. 

With loans from:
Design Museum Den Bosch, Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Royal Museums of Art and History Brussel, MAS Antwerp, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Flemish Community.


Every day, except for Wednesdays, 10 am - 6 pm.
Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix..
Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix.

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Exhibition venue..
Exhibition venue.

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Marcel Mariën. Object: L'Introuvable, 1937. Marcel Mariën
Object: L'Introuvable, 1937
11 x 27 x 18 cm
Photo by: Ronny Van de Velde Gallery
Facsimile 2013 © Galerie Ronny Van de Velde,

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Grayson Perry. Vase: Beautiful Murderers dying of Aids, 1998. Earthenware, red-firing clay.. 62 x ø 28 cm. Photo by: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection, inv. 1999.1.0198.. Grayson Perry
Vase: Beautiful Murderers dying of Aids, 1998
Earthenware, red-firing clay.
62 x ø 28 cm
Photo by: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection, inv. 1999.1.0198.

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Man Ray. Piece: Optic Topic, 1974 - 1978. Silver gilt, brown suede.. 13 x 8 x 6 cm. Photo by: Louisa Guinness Gallery. Mask
. Milan,1974 (design), 1978 (execution).
. 25/ 100 executed by GEM – Montebello (MR-M-000004)
. Courtesy of Louisa Guinness Gallery, London.. Man Ray
Piece: Optic Topic, 1974 - 1978
Silver gilt, brown suede.
13 x 8 x 6 cm
Photo by: Louisa Guinness Gallery
Milan,1974 (design), 1978 (execution).
25/ 100 executed by GEM – Montebello (MR-M-000004)

Courtesy of Louisa Guinness Gallery, London.

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Katrin Wouters. Karen Hendrix. Bracelet: New Beginnings, 2000. Gold. 4.6 x ø 6.3 cm. From series: New Beginnings. Katrin Wouters
Karen Hendrix
Bracelet: New Beginnings, 2000
4.6 x ø 6.3 cm
From series: New Beginnings
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