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Of Wonderful Frivolity by Bas Kosters

Exhibition  /  13 Nov 2022  -  12 Mar 2023
Published: 10.11.2022
Bas Kosters. Necklace: Clown Necklace, 2014. Silver and metal. 35 cm. Photo by: Landa Penders. Bas Kosters
Necklace: Clown Necklace, 2014
Silver and metal
35 cm
Photo by: Landa Penders
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Intro
Exhuberant, colourful and playful. Versatile and whimsical. Artist and designer Bas Kosters (Zutphen, 1977) creates dazzling worlds with endearing figures and captivating fashion accessories that colour our world and reflect his social engagement. CODA invited Bas Kosters to make a selection from CODA’s jewellery collection and present these pieces together with his own work in an exhibition. Bas Kosters’ selection will be shown from 13 November 2022 to 12 March 2023 in the exhibition Of Wonderful Frivolity.

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Bas Kosters
Bas Kosters’ designs are not just vibrant and colourful, they often have a sharp undertone that expresses his social engagement. He broaches emotions lightly, though with subtle and sometimes wry humour. He prefers to express himself through textile and graphic design and his fascination with cartoon characters and eroticism generates worlds full of friction and contradictions that demand our attention. Through his work, he also encourages us to think about identity: what is identity actually, how do you express yourself and what do you reveal of yourself to the world?  

For this exhibition CODA asked Bas Kosters to select pieces from CODA’s jewellery collection, which comprises over 10,000 items – making it the largest collection in the world. In making his choices, he was guided primarily by his personal preferences and what he would wear himself. Bas Kosters: ’For me jewellery is the ultimate accessory for self-ornamentation and for making a statement. There are also a lot of rules, assumptions, opinions, and judgement around jewellery. I like it when the wearer defines the context of an item of jewellery. And the wearing of it as an expression of soft rebellion is also interesting. With the chosen title of the show, I am challenging the prevailing culture of ‘just act normal’ and offering four alternative beautifications and values. Do dress up, please!’
 
Of Wonderful Frivolity showcases more than 40 pieces of jewellery and accessories that touch on gender issues, punk culture, and activism. The jewellery from the CODA collection includes items by Alexander Blank, Ted Noten, Paul Derrez, and Onno Boekhoudt. Kosters also chose to include costume jewellery by famous fashion houses like Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Givenchy. Wearability, authenticity, and frivolity were the primary criteria for his selection. In addition, the exhibition features jewellery made by Bas Kosters over the past several years. A few of Kosters’ buttons were already part of the CODA collection.
 
This exhibition with Bas Kosters’ selection is the first in a series. CODA will be inviting artists, writers, and designers to make a selection from the CODA collection based on their own preferences and inspiration. The show featuring Bas Kosters' selection includes a short documentary film that can be watched online and in the exhibition.
 
Nachtkwartier (Night at the Culture Quarter)
On 19 November Apeldoorn’s Cultuurkwartier is hosting a night of entertainment. In connection with the exhibition, Bas Koster shows his live performance: My Paper Crown Tableau. CODA will also facilitate some cool creative activities in CODA’s ExperienceLab, where you’ll be able to turn things like toothbrushes and plastic into fabulous jewellery and buttons. The cherry on the cake is Bas Kosters’ guided tour through his exhibition. More information and tickets can be found at www.coda-apeldoorn.nl/nachtkwartier.
 
Bas Kosters. Necklace: Dice, 2017. Wood, plastic and textile. 40 cm. Photo by: Marc Deurloo. Bas Kosters
Necklace: Dice, 2017
Wood, plastic and textile
40 cm
Photo by: Marc Deurloo
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Bas Kosters. Necklace: Dice, 2017. Wood, plastic and textile. Photo by: Peter Stigter. Bas Kosters
Necklace: Dice, 2017
Wood, plastic and textile
Photo by: Peter Stigter
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Bas Kosters. Sculpture: Fish Scepter, 2017. Textile, beads, wood, sequins. Photo by: Marc Deurloo. Bas Kosters
Sculpture: Fish Scepter, 2017
Textile, beads, wood, sequins
Photo by: Marc Deurloo
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Bas Kosters. Sculpture: Flower Scepter, 2017. Textile, beads, wood, sequin. Photo by: Marc Deurloo. Bas Kosters
Sculpture: Flower Scepter, 2017
Textile, beads, wood, sequin
Photo by: Marc Deurloo
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Bas Kosters. Brooch: Clown Hanger, 2014. Silver. 35 cm. Photo by: Landa Penders. Bas Kosters
Brooch: Clown Hanger, 2014
Silver
35 cm
Photo by: Landa Penders
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Bas Kosters. Necklace: Doll Necklace, 2017. Leather, textile, beads. Bas Kosters
Necklace: Doll Necklace, 2017
Leather, textile, beads
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