Aldo Bakker Pause

Following the first phase held at CID at Grand Hornu in early 2016, the Aldo Bakker exhibition arrives in Lausanne in a totally revised version adapted to the space of the MUDAC.

Over the last thirty years, the designer Aldo Bakker (NL, 1971) has built up a radical body of work. It is driven by painstaking and applied research into form, and is very personal and often unclassifiable in its stylistic vocabulary. He has turned his back on functionalism and post-modernism alike, and is not aligned with any other movement or trend. This will be the first time that his work is exhibited in Switzerland; it will be staged as if in a fixed landscape, with his studio involved in guaranteeing its concept and realisation.


The first phase of this project was held at CID – the Centre for Innovation and Design – at Grand Hornu (Belgium) in early 2016; the Lausanne exhibition is a totally revised version adapted to the specific space of the museum. All of Bakker’s objects seem strangely familiar at first sight; they remind us of things we have seen or used before, almost as if they are the archetypes of the material culture that surrounds us.

Often shaped by a single material (ceramics, glass, wood, copper), they sketch out friendly and organic forms, almost pictograms. To get to know them we will have to stand still. Invest time. Pause. To echo with them we will have to let go of our preconceptions and listen to the stories they tell us, search for relevant questions, and put our personal aesthetic preferences to the test. Although Aldo Bakker has been producing a wide range of objects – one-offs and limited editions next to working for renowned companies like Karakter and Georg Jensen, Puiforcat and Sèvres and Swarovski – the actual impact of his oeuvre is not related to numbers. The quality of the works he has drawn and crafted, re-drawn and re-crafted over and over again should first be understood for the way they change our perception of the ordinary. “Aldo Bakker. Pause/Lausanne” demonstrates his subtle mastery of the extra-ordinary. Not by being outrageous but through subtlety and absolute precision of execution. Ever since the age of sixteen, when he made his first attempts at drawing, Bakker has chosen an independent position.
“Aldo Bakker. Pause/Lausanne” not only invites the visitor to slow down and see, the exhibition also creates a unique setting for Aldo Bakker to evaluate, compare and combine objects that often took years to mature before they left the studio. No wonder that Bakker and his team grabbed the opportunity to design the choreography of the exhibition themselves, leaving not the slightest detail to chance.

8 February – 30 April 2017
Aldo Bakker. Pause Lausanne
Place de la Cathédrale 6, Lausanne

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