SPECIAL // Diederik Schneemann

Thursday, January 26, 2023 — Sunday, March 12, 2023

Diederik Schneemann’s work balances between art and design. His oeuvre communicates more than aesthetics and distinguishes itself by reusing objects, changing their appearance and their use in such a way as to create a new concept and a second life, evoking a new unexpected reality. Schneemann’s creations often find their origins in existing objects. He refers to familiar iconic forms or products that reveal stories, evoke an emotion or evoke early memories and feelings.

In the current exhibition, MPV Gallery presents work from Diederik Schneemann’s Cherished Collection. It is his most recent series of work, in which he uses collectibles from personal collections. Think perfume bottles, matchboxes, smurfs or cigar bands.

A personal collection can be of enormous value to one person and worthless to another. A 35-year-old collection cherished over decades represents a certain value. Diederik Schneemann recognizes that value and treats a personal collection with the same dedication as he would have done with an expensive material such as marble or bronze.

In this way, Schneemann creates a collection that has been completely transformed and is now viewed in a completely different way. It has taken on a new value and often evokes early personal memories and feelings. The matchboxes have become time capsules that take us back to the second half of the 20th century by evoking images of old hotels in faraway places or the brands of cigarettes your parents used to smoke.

Diederik Schneemann was born in Hasselt in 1979 and grew up in Maastricht. He works in lives in Rotterdam.