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Handle with care revolves around the hand and gestures- expressions of intimacy, compassion, silence, coercion, labour and celebration. The universal role of hands and fingers in the lives of humans and animals is captured in ceramics in this exhibition.

Keramiekmuseum Princessehof in Leeuwarden presents from November 26, 2022 to October 29, 2023: Handle with care. Handle with care is all about the hand and gestures - expressions of intimacy, compassion, silence, coercion, labor and celebration. The universal role of hands and fingers in the lives of humans and animals is captured in ceramics in this exhibition.
Curator Wendy Gers selected 37 works on this theme for Handle with care. The works on display range from archaeological finds to the latest contemporary acquisitions, loans from up-and-coming artists and pearls from the Princessehof depot.
An eclectic collection from different times and regions, in which known and unknown makers have sometimes literally left their impressions in the clay.

Among the works is Handjob by Neha Kudchadkar. The up-and-coming visual and performance artist from Mumbai, India, created a 'multi-tool' for the hand. Ten slender instruments, each for a specific finger, each with its own function. To caress, feed, serve and cherish. This is the first time that work by Kudchadkar can be seen in the Netherlands. A recent purchase of the Princessehof, a sculpture by Sharon van Overmeiren (Belgium), can also be seen for the first time in Handle with care . The dog whisperer and television star Caesar Milan – and his dogs – formed the inspiration for this work, in which Van Overmeieren explores the boundary between humans and animals. With one hand the figure makes a gesture of blessing, with the other he seems to offer something.

Handle with care shows work by unidentified artists from China, Peru, Suriname, Nigeria, Dagestan, Turkey and the Netherlands. In addition, work by Rob Birza, Johan Creten, Marie-Josée Comello, Daniël De Bruin, Bing & Grøndahl, Satoru Hoshino, Bastienne Kramer, Neha Kudchadkar, Hanna Mobach, Charlotte Mumm, Pablo Ponce, Rosenthal & co. Akio Takamori, Studio Tjep, Simone van Bakel, Hans van der Ham, Hans van Houwelingen, Couzijn van Leeuwen, Sharon van Overmeiren, Irene Vonck, Pauline Wiertz and Betty Woodman. The lion's share of the works on display come from the collection of the Princessehof Ceramics Museum, but there are also pieces from the collection of the Fries Museum, the Fries Resistance Museum and a loan from Boijmans van Beuningen.

Handy ceramics

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Hint or wave away? It is almost the same hand movement, but there is still a world of difference. Hands can make or break us. Because a hand that caresses can also strike. A hand that invites might as well decline. We make sketches by hand, we can add details, we create works of art. Ceramists sometimes literally leave their impressions in the clay. And a fingertip is sometimes enough to put the biggest machines to work. But in the strength of our hands lies the vulnerability at the same time. In communication, or in holding or releasing the people and objects around us.

National Ceramics Museum

The National Ceramics Museum Princessehof in Leeuwarden has developed into a leading museum in the field of contemporary ceramics in recent years. Highlights are the major exhibitions Human After All (2020/21) and In Motion (2017). The second floor of the museum focuses on contemporary art and current design, with four to five solo presentations per year, such as in recent years by Jennifer Tee, Babs Haenen, Meekyoung Shin, Morten Løbner Espersen and Yoon Seok-Hyeon. Currently on display are Alexandra Engelfriet (until April 9, 2023) and design duo Humade (until October 30, 2022). The museum is actively developing its collection, also as a source of inspiration for new generations of designers and artists. In the coming years, curator Wendy Gers will be working on an exhibition program and accompanying publication on sustainable ceramics.

Partners: Ottema-Kingma Foundation, Association of Friends of the Princessehof Ceramics Museum and Club Céramique

The Princessehof Ceramics Museum is co-financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Municipality of Leeuwarden

until 29 October
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