33 | Fireworks | Muller Van Severen

01.02.2018 | 17.03.2018

OPENING DRINK 01.02.2018 | 4-9PM


Valerie Traan Gallery presents Fireworks, a new exhibition by Muller Van Severen. De series of ‘paravents’ is being shown in Belgium for the first time, after a previous succesful presentation in Milan. Besides these paravents, produced in close collaboration with Emaillerie Belge, the designer duo is also showing new tables.


Fireworksis part of the ongoing research by Muller Van Severen around the interactions between space and the objects that occupy it. They explore a sense of verticality and have conceived these works as abstract compositions that relate directly to the architecture. Whereas tables, desks, or lamps, engage in a rather linear dialogue with space, enamel is shown to advantage in more vertical shapes. Therefore, the paravents are the ideal bearers of this material.


The paravents are composed by various realisations of curved sheets of metal, coated with vitrified enamel. The strong enamel has a certain tactile quality to it, but also invites care. The production was an experiment. Every screen therefore reveals an essence and is the result of a meticulous quest for detail and a fascinating artisan process. 


The colourful, whimsical shapes define portions of the space. The new tables, with their more landscape-like horizontality, ensure the necessary balance in the spacious architecture of Valerie Traan Gallery. The tables and paravents, shown in duo’s, complete each other. They generate a dynamic dialogue between the vertical and the horizontal, the functional and the aesthetical.


In 2011, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen, both artists, decided to do a joint furniture project, at the request of Valerie Traan Gallery, which specializes in the space between art, design and architecture. The couple have been designing under the name Muller Van Severen ever since and their first furniture and lighting sculptures quickly captured international attention. Fireworks is their fourth solo exhibition at Valerie Traan Gallery, which continues to support the duo and show and distribute their creations in what is still a fruitful and productive collaboration.


Fireworks has been made possible thanks to he support of Tanguy Van Quickenborne and Emaillerie Belge. 

34 | from Walter to Valerie

08.02.2018 | 17.03.2018

OPENING DRINK 08.02.2018 | 4-9PM


A research project

24 jewellery designers explore industrially manufactured chains

A cooperation between the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, Walter Fischer GmbH & Co. and Valerie Traan Gallery


The Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp presents, from 8 February until 17 March, the exhibition ‘From Walter to Valerie’ at Valerie Traan Gallery. Together with students from St Lucas Antwerp, international and Belgian designers will display pieces of jewellery that have been made using the industrially manufactured chains of Walter Fischer.

The exhibition takes place in the context of ‘Speaking Jewellery’, a research project initiated by the ‘Precious Dialogue’ research platform of St Lucas Antwerp. The project examines the concept of jewellerynessfrom an artistic perspective: what are the qualities and characteristics that make an object into a piece of jewellery? The chain – as an endless series of interconnected links – takes centre stage in this project. Although it is rather insignificant in contemporary jewellery and mainly has a supporting function, it has the power to function as a piece of jewellery. It effortlessly follows every curve of the body and forms a perfect catenary when held up by its tips. What’s more, the chain has a rich archive of social, cultural and historical references and meanings.

Designers, students and researchers worked with chains made by Walter Fischer, one of the world’s largest chain manufacturers. Located in Idar-Oberstein, the company produces annually between 30 and 40 tons of chain that are mainly supplied to wholesalers, makers and labels in the fashion and jewellery sectors. For this project, Walter Fischer donated more than 400 metres of chain, each designer receiving ten metres with which to create a wearable piece of jewellery.

An edition of most designs will be available in the gallery during the exhibition.

Participants: Conversation Piece (Beatrice Brovia & Nicolas Cheng), Lin Cheung & Veronika Fabian, Benedikt Fischer & Benedikt Fischer, Sofie Boons, Dries Dockx, Silke Fleischer, Anneleen Swillen, Charlotte Van de Velde as well as students and researchers of the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp


Students: Flo De Nyn, Nele De Vrij, Daniela Piano, Tieke Scheerlinck, Ruby Solon, Marit Staes, Lore Van Duppen, Djara Van Hove, Cleo Van Woensel


Researchteam: Liesbet Bussche, Pia Clauwaert, Hilde Van der Heyden



Opening: Thursday 8 February 2018

Exhibition: from 8 February until 17 March 2018

Location: Valerie Traan Gallery, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp

Contact: Liesbet Bussche (St Lucas Antwerp, liesbet.bussche@kdg.be) or Veerle Wenes (Valerie Traan Gallery, gallery@valerietraan.be)