Situated in the cultural centre of Rotterdam Saskia Copper and Aad Krol started in 1999 VIVID Gallery. VIVID organizes six exhibitions each year on contemporary design. Solo exhibitions presented designers such as Hella Jongerius, Jurgen Bey, Richard Hutten, Wieki Somers, Studio Job, Ineke Hans, Atelier van Lieshout and Jaime Hayon.
Once a year a VIVID exhibition is devoted to a single designer from the past, who's work is inspiring and influential both for present and future generations. Examples are, Joe Colombo, Kho Liang Ie, Wim Crouwel, Centre for Cubic Constructions and Ettore Sottsass.
Over the past 10 years Dutch designers have become established names and several new Dutch design classics were first shown in the VIVID Gallery. The gallery maintains a strong relation with Dutch designers, but at the same time its scope remains truly international.
VIVID Gallery moves to The Red Apple
Rotterdam, May 21, 2010
This summer VIVID Gallery will move to the Red Apple in the centre of Rotterdam. After 11 years making exhibitions in their William Boothlaan space, the Red Apple will be the new venue for VIVID. The combination of good architecture and good design and art is one that makes sense. For one year VIVID was looking for a new high level location and found a beautiful space in one of the best new buildings in the Netherlands: The Red Apple by KCAP architects.
VIVID Gallery, established in 1999 by Saskia Copper and Aad Krol, was amongst the first to show contemporary design in the context of both design and art. The gallery's solo exhibitions have presented important designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Hella Jongerius, Studio Job, Atelier Van Lieshout and Jaime Hayon. In 2007 VIVID made the famous Dutch Design Port exhibition in New York and this June in Basel VIVID will take part for the 5th time in the Design Miami fair.
KCAP is an internationally operated Dutch design firm specialised in architecture and urbanism. The firm is lead by its four partners: Han van den Born, Kees Christiaanse, Ruurd Gietema, and Irma van Oort. Kees Christiaanse was a partner at OMA Rotterdam until 1989, when he founded KCAP Architects & Planners, which has offices in Rotterdam and Zurich, and has realized multiple buildings and urban projects worldwide. Since 2003 he has been head of the Institute for Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He is currently involved in the development of docklands in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Hamburg, and is designing an ‘urban breeding ground’ in London for the Olympic Legacy Masterplan. The KCAP architect for the Red Apple is Han van den Born.