10.06.2021 – 03.10.2021

Maarten Baas – New Times

The Dutchman’s first solo exhibition in German-speaking countries
Maarten Baas, Real Time. Grandfather clock – Self-portrait (detail), 2015
Photo: Carpenters Workshop Gallery

About the exhibition

Maarten Baas (*1978) is currently considered one of the most influential Dutch designers. With the exhibition “Maarten Baas – New Times” Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is showing for the first time a solo exhibition of him in Germany.

Considered rebellious, playful, intellectual, and artistic, his work earned him an autonomous position in the design scene early in his creative career.

Baas’ varied approach and understanding of design is also evident in the series “Real Time” (since 2009), in which he devotes himself to the theme of time.

In close collaboration with Maarten Baas, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum shows several works from the series “Real Time”, for example his grandfather clocks, videos as well as a related installation specifically designed for the exhibition.

By combining different disciplines such as performance, film, technology, art and design, he manages to rethink clocks.

The hands of the clocks are moved manually in real time in 12-hour films. Tirelessly someone wipes away the past minute and paints the new one. This action highlights the transience and, above all, irretrievability of time.

With his clocks, Maarten Baas has found new ways to deal with the phenomenon of time and tell stories with his design.

„I think everybody has ideas about time. Some people just feel it, other people write about it, and I make things.“
Maarten Baas


Exhibition view „Maarten Baas – New Times“ with clay objects, 2021
Photo: Hannes Rohrer
Maarten Baas, Real Time I Sweepers Clock, 2009
Photo: Hannes Rohrer
Maarten Baas, Real Time I Grandfather Clock Self Portrait, 2015
Photo: Hannes Rohrer
Maarten Baas, Real Time I Sweepers Clock, 2009.
Photo: Hannes Rohrer

Video to the show

Short video on Maarten Baas – New Times, 2021
Katalog film, Munich © Maarten Baas, Die Neue Sammlung

Catalogue for the exhibition, which focuses exclusively on his watches and thus on his theme of time.

Curated by:

Prof. Dr. Angelika Nollert, Rosa Carole Rodeck

Supported by:

Kingdom of the Netherlands, PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.