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Gijs Bakker, ‘Butterfly brooch’, 2008, Caroline Van Hoek
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Gijs Bakker

Butterfly brooch, 2008

Gold, semi-precious stones, precious stones, glass
Location
Brussels
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Caroline Van Hoek
Brussels

from the series "Real" Bakker questioned the value of pieces by recreating fake jewelry …

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Jewelry
Gijs Bakker
Dutch, b. 1942
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Trained in industrial design, Gijs Bakker co-founded the now-famous Dutch design firms Droog in 1993 and Chi ha paura...? in 1996. Over the years, he has taught at various European art academies and worked on numerous commercial collaborations, creating everything from furniture to jewelry to public spaces. Known for privileging concept over craft and denying the market value of the materials he works in, Bakker has long disparaged the fetishization of the “authenticity” and prefers instead the potential for mass-production. “I have never been interested in hand-made things, and I am, in fact, suspicious of the charm,” Bakker says. “It is the idea that matters, and whether it’s produced by me or by a machine, nothing must detract from the idea.”

Gijs Bakker, ‘Butterfly brooch’, 2008, Caroline Van Hoek
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Caroline Van Hoek
Brussels

from the series "Real" Bakker questioned the value of pieces by recreating fake jewelry pieces with real stones hereby placing the doubt of what is real and what is fake ? This piece shows a fake butterfly on the basis and two smaller recreations on top with real stones.

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Jewelry
Gijs Bakker
Dutch, b. 1942
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Trained in industrial design, Gijs Bakker co-founded the now-famous Dutch design firms Droog in 1993 and Chi ha paura...? in 1996. Over the years, he has taught at various European art academies and worked on numerous commercial collaborations, creating everything from furniture to jewelry to public spaces. Known for privileging concept over craft and denying the market value of the materials he works in, Bakker has long disparaged the fetishization of the “authenticity” and prefers instead the potential for mass-production. “I have never been interested in hand-made things, and I am, in fact, suspicious of the charm,” Bakker says. “It is the idea that matters, and whether it’s produced by me or by a machine, nothing must detract from the idea.”

Gijs Bakker

Butterfly brooch, 2008

Gold, semi-precious stones, precious stones, glass
Location
Brussels
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