Jan Broekstra

(1964 - 2019)

November 2020 - Januari 5, 2021

RIVM opening:
Sunday November 8, 14.00 - 18.00 hrs

Graduating from the Department of 3D Design at the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1993, Jan Broekstra is undoubtedly a man of many talents. Since the mid-1990s, he has been designing and producing most notably a broad range of crockery and lamps in his principal materials of porcelain and glass. On top of this, he is also a passionate cook and avid carpenter and draws on all of these diverse interests in his work and exhibitions.
Broekstra never creates items merely to fill the glitzy pages of coffee-table design magazines, he longs for them to be used in daily life. For instance, at the Salone International del Mobile show in Milan 2002 he build a hut where he served soup to the visitors himself from his self-designed ceramic bowls. This hands-on approach has become his signature and he has gone on to prepare and serve meals during exhibitions sometimes from mobile stalls and fold-up units, as well as offering cocktails from a self-built bar and serving champagne from a giant chandelier. He has created products for Rosenthal (Germany) and pieces for leading fashion house Viktor & Rolf, for which he used his own designs to create items of jewellery from porcelain.

The first time Galerie VIVID showed work of Jan Broekstra was in 1999. Two solo exhibitions took place in 2003 and in 2012. These presentations and several special projects with new work showed an endless creativity.
Sadly Jan Broekstra passed away in 2019. With this exhibition, one year later, Galerie VIVID pays tribute to his rich legacy with an overwhelming amount of unique porcelain and glass objects.