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Exhibition: Hair! Human hair in fashion and art, Netherlands

Centraal Museum explores the intriguing and controversial subject of Hair! Especially since it is – literally – so close to humankind…


Zhu Tian ‘Babe’ 2013 Rubber, human hair, pigment

Where: Agnietenstraat 1, 3512 XA Utrecht, Netherlands

When: 20 February 2016 until 29 May 2016

Timing: Tue – Sun | 11.00h – 17.00h

Contact:  +31 (0) 30 2362362 (Monday until Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm)

The Centraal Museum is breaking new ground by staging a major exhibition (1,000 m2) about this unique material. HAIR! is about the art and the knowledge, the historical and the topical, providing novel insights about this topic. The predominant focus of this exhibition is on using hair to make a statement! The exhibition is a quest and adventure that explores the employment of this unique material, finally leading to the visitor being invited to make an active contribution to the exhibition…

HAIR! boasts works by renowned international artists like Charlie Le Mindu, Julien d’Ys, Christiaan Houtenbos Zoran Todorovic, Bob Recine and Silvia B. The exhibition was compiled by Ninke Bloemberg and designed by Harmonix Rensink and Niek Pulles.

Long term WSN friend Masako Takahashi shared this panoramic shot of her work, a 12.3 meter long silk kimono bolt piece titled  JOURNAL 2014, taken during installation of the exhibition. The pillow cases above are the kimono bolt have been created by artist Adelle Lutz.


Journal 2014 by Masako Takahashi

Masako also shared a more recent photo of her work at the exhibition. The kimono installation, GENERATIONS is on the left side and  JOURNAL 2014 on the right side.  Each kimono has hair embroidery work done on the back.  The silk kimono bolt is embroidered with the artists’ hair on a daily basis, forming a live and on-going Journal.


Installation view, HAAR!, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands 2016

Masako with Generations and Journal 2014

Here is another image of the JOURNAL 2014, which is stored rolled up as a scroll.

Takahashi Journal_2014, human hair embroidery on silk kimono bolt, 12.3 meters x 35 cm

PC: Masako Takahashi

For more details visit Centraal Museum website.

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