To mark the occasion of Bulo’s fiftieth anniversary, MoMu-ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen and Bulo, the Mechelen furniture manufacturer, team up for a creative collaboration. Creativity and the cooperation with creative minds are intrinsically linked to the DNA of both houses. Respect for the own heritage and nurturing craftsmanship are key. How can we translate this valuable craftsmanship into the needs of future generations, so that functionality and products, not merely today but also tomorrow, will remain relevant, innovative and challenging?
Christian Salez, Bulo CEO, asked Kaat Debo, Director of MoMu, to share her thoughts on the interaction between crafts and digitality, need and aspiration. Kaat Debo reacted by inviting visual artist Frederik Heyman to work on the MoMu collection, in a way that transcends the static character of a traditional exhibition. For MOMU3, Heyman creates, in collaboration with graphic artist Wout Bosschaert, 3 fashion films in which he infuses the rich collection of the ModeMuseum with digital life by using 3D scans and manipulations.
The films will be shown previewed from 10 October in the renewed Bulo headquarters in Mechelen, which has been reshaped into a workshop for architects and designers and will remain on display until the end of November. They will be screened on 15 and 16 October at ‘ASVOFF 6’, the renowned fashion film festival of fashion journalist Diane Pernet, which will be hosted for the first time in Antwerp on the initiative of MoMu.
The MoMu Collection: Today MoMu manages a collection of roughly 25,000 objects concerning fashion and textile. Over the last couple of years the museum collection has expanded substantially comprising over 7,000 items mainly consisting of clothing and accessories. This remarkable expansion was partly achieved through procurement but also through donations from private individuals, designers and fashion houses, and by means of long-term commodates. The MOMU3 project is a first look at this vast and varied collection which is an infinite source of inspiration for the own museum staff, visitors, students, researchers and designers. www.momu.be
Frederik Heyman Biography: Frederik Heyman studied graphic design and illustration at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, and graduated with a second master as photographer following the same studies. Next to being a free artist he is also fashion photographer, proceeding in the same stylised manner. In all his work he pays particular care to the decoration of people and decors. Heyman himself: My images might as well be illustrations or pictures. They always start the same way, but the translation into a medium might vary.’ www.frederikheyman.com
Bulo For more than 50 years, Bulo has been making furniture to work. Sustainably designed and manufactured in Mechelen. With timeless collections designed by, amongst others, Vincent Van Duysen, Bataille-Ibens, Jean Nouvel, Ann Demeulemeester, Bulo seeks to make a difference as to how working is experienced. The headquarters in Mechelen has been reshaped into a creative workshop for architects and customers where focus on the design and the manufacturing are key.