Red dress at an art exhibition

red dress SportmaxRon and I went to the Groninger Museum to see the exhibition of Maarten Baas. He is a very special artist/designer whom we love for his “Real Time” art work. More about that later. If you want to know more about Maarten Baas, other than the link in the previous sentence, click here. I wore my red dress by Sportmax, this time as a jacket on my skinny jeans. When I buy something, I never think whether I can use it in more than one way, which isn’t very economic. All the more fun to discover afterwards that this piece is just as nice as a dress (seen here) as it is as a jacket.

Groningen is a town in the north of the country and for anybody living on the west coast it is really far away (2 hrs drive). People living in Groningen have no problem with the distance to the west of the country, which makes us “westies” a bunch of whimps. (More information about Groningen.)

The Groninger Museum is a lovely building. You will see part of the outside of the building in the photo below:

Below: a beautiful staircase with mosaic.

Below: there is me going upstairs (more outfit photos later on).

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Below: the building is surrounded by a moat with a view on beautiful old houses .

Below: I was wearing my purple coat by Max Mara, skinny jeans Denham and my silver pumps, which you saw last week. The bag is by Longchamp.

Purple coat Max Mara

Below: we started with coffee in the restaurant. Even though it is blurry and not a very flattering photo, I like Ron’s artistic take on it.

red dress Sportmax

Below: lamps in the museum restaurant made by Maarten Baas (Clay Collection)

Below: the chairs in the restaurant are also from his Clay Collection.

Let’s get started with the real thing.

The Smoke collection (I will link to explanations about his collections every time).

Briefly: he burns furniture and after the pieces are charcoaled, they’re preserved in a clear epoxy resin, which makes them usable again.

Below: the Rietveld zigzag chair burnt and treated.

Below: the result again from another angle.

Below: Smoke Vintage

Below: Close Parity. I love this collection. Never knew he did this. Wouldn’t mind a piece of this furniture in my house.

Briefly: Starting from a naive sketch, where gravity doesn’t play a role, CLOSE PARITY is executed in bronze plates that are kept in balance by counter weights.

Above: I adore this one. Watch the video below and you can see how he drew it.

Below: the Milan collection Baas is in town (circus)

Below: Mirror Joy (laughing mirror)

My biggest love with the work of Maarten Baas is his Real Time collection.

Briefly: the Real Time series are 12-hour films of performances indicating the time. With Real Time.

Below: my favourite one is the Sweepers Clock which features two handymen sweeping trash for 12 hours, indicating the time as they go. It was 11 minutes past 11 when I recorded this.

Below: the Grandmother Clock

Briefly: with the Real Time grandmother clock, a woman is filmed while she draws the hands of a clock from the inside of the interface. This film is integrated in the housing of a traditional floor clock. The woman seems to stand in the clock as she keeps on drawing the current time.

There is so much more to show you, but I think you might be bored with it by now. After all, this is a fashion blog. Well… outfit blog more like it. So let’s go to the outfit.

Below: using the old houses as background, this is a head to toe picture of my red dress. The belt is meant to be like this. It is partially underneath the dress. Wearing the dress as a jacket, I left the belt very loose.

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Below: one other shot.

red dress Sportmax

After our museum visit we went to see Groningen, which was a bit of a disappointment to me. Was it the time (Wednesday afternoon)? Was it the cold wind? I don’t know, but I didn’t find much to show you. As you have already seen so many pictures in this post, I will leave it at this.

I hope the amount of photos didn’t cause you any problems uploading this post. If it did, please let me know.


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  1. 16 April 2017 / 18:04

    I love seeing your tour of the art exhibit, Greetje!!
    And that colorful staircase is such the perfect backdrop for photos—we know how my brain works, huh? 🙂
    I have a couple of these “dresses” that now I consider extremely versatile!! Isn’t it the best!! I remember buying a beautiful coat and the sales person was explaining how I could wear it like a dress—and I remember thinking I would never do that. And now?? I do!!
    It’s good for our brains to be more open to different possibilities and try new things!!

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 09:54

      With my Sportmax jeans dress, the sales lady (and owner) of the shop, wouldn’t even let me buy the dress unless I promised I would wear it in different ways. Like for instance as a jacket. That was a first for me.
      And I always keep my promise.

  2. varya
    16 April 2017 / 18:42

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this artist’s work.Fascinating and beautiful. Btw,you look terrific,too 🙂 I love the coat and jeans most of all.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 09:57

      I was wrecking my brain what to wear to the museum. Something comfortable, yet “good enough for blog photos”. As I like to use the opportunity when it comes along. The pumps were no problem strolling through the museum, but I was wise enough to change into sneakers when we hit town.

  3. 16 April 2017 / 19:56

    Love the bright red against the artistic background.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 09:58

      I knew what the museum would be like, but I never thought about the red being a good item against the background. I just needed something worthwhile to photograph for the blog, yet comfortable enough to make miles. Just lucky.

  4. Elaine
    16 April 2017 / 20:22

    Thanks for sharing your trip to the art museum. Beautiful architecture and the Smoke Collection furniture! I love how you used the red dress as a coat. A great idea for spring.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 10:00

      And this time, it was my own styling idea!! Yay. I am getting better. Well OK, I will confess that a sales lady advised me this with another (jeans) dress. Still.. I learned and was able to apply the advice on something else.

  5. 16 April 2017 / 20:45

    What fascinating artwork! I love everything you showed. Baas is incredibly versatile to have done so many completely different things and to have done them brilliantly… impressive. Thank you for sharing him.

    I want to tile my whole house in that multicolour tile of the museum! My minimalist husband (yes, really) would disagree.

    The dress is perfect for you; it is totally Greetje. The vibrant colour, an interesting design, and SportMax. By the way, SportMax has a gorgeous gold sequin skirt in their current collection, should you feel the urge to warm up your credit card.

    Looking forward to seeing you Friday!!!!! xx

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 10:02

      My credit card is already smoking again haha. The burnt furniture is a good background for it. Funny you should marry a minimalist haha. Opposites attract?

  6. 16 April 2017 / 21:42

    So many things! First, fantastic outfit. I love the block heels with the jeans and the red dress as a jacket. And the stair location – so very cool!! The colours bounce off of each other so well. And the blurry photo, also cool. But my fave has to be the last shot of you, relaxed with a happy vibe.

    As for the artist, I adore his work. I loved everything I saw on his website, his integration of now and past and future, and the intervention of life and time. So much to think about and also visually enjoy. Thanks for introducing him.

    I’m glad you included all these photos – no problems with loading for me.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 10:06

      Thanks for the feedback Melanie. Being an artist yourself, I knew you would be interested in Maarten.
      You can install an app on your phone (1 dollar or something like that) with his analog digital clock. You don’t have a smartphone do you? Perhaps on your tablet (??), computer??

  7. Linda Henderson
    17 April 2017 / 02:53

    Very beautiful pictures of you and the museum. You look so pretty in red.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 10:06

      Red is definitely my colour. I should buy more of it.

  8. Marilee Gramith
    17 April 2017 / 04:31

    You should be wearing red more often Greetje!! What a terrific location for for photographs!! I love all of your shots on the mosaic staircase. How nice to tour this intriguing collection of art and take photos for your blog at the same time. This artist is exploring elements that the average museum goer wouldn’t expect to see in this type of venue (?) I’m most taken by the burnt pieces.
    I’m viewing your post on my phone and had no trouble with it’s size. Loved it!

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 10:07

      You should have another look at his work on your computer. It is really impressive. And you can install his analog digital clock on your smartphone. The app is about 1 dollar or so.

  9. 17 April 2017 / 09:15

    I absolutely love the Groninger museum! And they have so often fantastic exhebitions! I just adore the sweeping clock! Fantastic. I also love it that you wear the dress as a coat. It is a beautiful red color.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 10:08

      The museum is fantastic. There is also an exhibition by Rodin at the moment. Culture barbarians as we are, we weren’t interested. Which is like swearing in a church.

  10. 17 April 2017 / 10:30

    Red is your colour Greetje, your dress looks fantastic with skinny jeans. Ron has excelled himself with the shots this week. The ones of you on the staircase are super and my favourite is the ‘depth of field’ shot. I’m not generally a fan of modern art (you may call me a philistine!) although I can certainly appreciate the talent… the Close Parity collection is interesting.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 11:15

      Thanks Fiona for teaching me the word philistine. I always say culture barbarian. Which I definitely am. If it wasn’t for Ron I would see and know nothing about art. There was even a huge exhibition of Rodin at the same time as Maarten Baas’ exhibition. And we didn’t go because we couldn’t care. Is that a philistine or what haha.
      I thought I looked rather blotchy and old in the ‘depth of field’ shot, but I too appreciate it for the artistic view on things.

  11. Katrien
    17 April 2017 / 12:17

    Looking good in red! Is the clock at Schiphol, where someone keeps drawing the hands of the clock and erasing them again each minute, also by him?

  12. 17 April 2017 / 14:57

    Love the pictures of you in the museum. Gorgeous backdrop.

    Loving this outfit on you too from head to toe!

    • Greetje
      17 April 2017 / 18:22

      Thank you so much. I am really pleased with your compliments ???

  13. josep-maria
    18 April 2017 / 10:51

    I like the look! The dress in the form of a red coat, your always perfect jeans, luxury shoes … And I love the space you have chosen for the post. Wonderful exhibition and beautiful building. The purple coat also I love. The furniture of the exhibition is really original and beautiful. I already said in FB your photo with hair in the wind … I love it! And I love the photo of your hands with the mug and your face blurred, great and beautiful!

    • Greetje
      18 April 2017 / 21:39

      My husband has a very creative eye, which is why I am grateful for him taking my blog photos. I am pleased you like my outfits and the whole post.

  14. 18 April 2017 / 11:06

    Love this post. The museum, the art, …. ok, U2, of course, hahaha…

    Too bad that you did not read my series about Groningen before traveling there, because that might have given you some ideas. At least, I guess you didn’t, did you?;-)

    • Greetje
      18 April 2017 / 21:40

      I DID this time. But most of your reports were about restaurants and an art place outside of Groningen. For lunch we found a fantastic restaurant and we didn’t want to go outside of Groningen.
      Your reports on Eindhoven… those I should have reread before going there.

  15. 19 April 2017 / 00:35

    Thanks for the art-chair travel, LOL. I’ve seen that torched look done before…interesting but not quite my taste. I’m way more Baas is in Town. 🙂

    I am just now playing around with the shirtdress worn as a duster or coat. Lots of possibilities! I love the impact of your red dress over the washed jeans! And the flash of metallic sandals!

    • Greetje
      19 April 2017 / 15:26

      Metal shoes or boots go with anything and liven things up. Good luck with the shirtdress. Although… you don’t really need luck. You have skills.

  16. Lollo
    19 April 2017 / 20:38

    Very inspiring post – such great art, thoughtful, playful and complex.

    I like how you wear the shirtdress as a jacket. And that is a wonderful red, it looks great on you. I have been doing that jacket thing with a blue denim shirtdress. It just kind of happened, but it’s fun to discover other uses for our clothes and combine what we already have in different ways!

    • Greetje
      19 April 2017 / 21:55

      It is indeed fun to discover more ways of wearing an item, especially if you like both (or even more) ways equally. Usually I prefer one way over an other and only wear it the “perfect” way. With this red dress, I like it as a dress and as a jacket without any preference.

  17. 20 April 2017 / 15:10

    Fantastic photos of the exhibition! The bronze pieces are amazing! I love your red dress/jacket, the belt detail is very unusual. I’m going to try wearing the shirt dress I’ve just bought as a jacket over jeans 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      22 April 2017 / 17:41

      I hope you’ll like it. I only discovered this possibility after Sylvia of 40+Style showed me. A sales lady in a shop had to repeat that before it sunk in ?.

  18. 20 April 2017 / 15:11

    The staircase is breathtaking, and it’s the perfect background for you in your red dress as jacket. Red is a great color for you, and you look radiant. So many interesting photos of the art of display.

    I’m always taken by your shoes. The silver kicks are no exception.

    • Greetje
      22 April 2017 / 17:44

      Thank you. You are also into breathtaking backgrounds. And you have great hats to make a perfect picture.

  19. 30 April 2017 / 22:02

    That is the most beautiful staircase, and is a great background for your red coat/dress. I have seen the “Sweepers Clock” video before, but did not know anything about the artist. I really like what Baas does with the burnt furniture, and the Close Parity metal pieces. Thank you for introducing me to his work.

    • Greetje
      1 May 2017 / 18:14

      He has some other amazing clock art too. And for 0,99 you can download the app on your smartphone with the analog digital clock! Have a browse around his site. It is really nice and very divers.

  20. Gayle
    2 May 2017 / 20:36

    I enjoy your posts every time. Your posts are the reason I have Amsterdam on my to do list now that I am newly retired. I will use your posts to eat, shop and experience the Netherlands.

    Love the red Sportmax. The store I shop at no longer carries the brand so I will have to find a California Bay Area outlet. I am still a person who needs to touch the fabric and feel it on my skin before I buy it.

    Thank you for all your great fashion.

    • Greetje
      3 May 2017 / 08:22

      Oh yes I am definitely an “old school shopper” too. But if the shipment is free and return conditions are good, I do sometimes try online too. Just get fed up having to send things back. That is a hassle. Shopping is not haha. You know there is a tab in my top navigation that says Amsterdam? If I have a post that is situated there I add it. Some of them are old and the shops might not be there anymore. But the area Nine Streets is still good. Not for long I think as small shops are taken over by chain shops. Always the same story everywhere. A shame but cannot be helped. And I wille send your comment to the city of Amsterdam so they can reward me (joke).

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