Louise Schouwenberg

Louise Schouwenberg studied psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen), sculpture (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam), and philosophy (University of Amsterdam). Since 2000 her focus has been on art and design research, theory and, incidentally, curating exhibitions on the cutting edge between art and design, including exhibitions for gallery Fons Welters Amsterdam (2012), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam (2010), Utrecht Manifest (2009), and the Textile Museum Tilburg (2006). 

She has contributed to a range of publications, including the publication Beyond the New-On the Agency of Things, published by Die Neue Sammlung Munich / Walter König Verlag, Nov 2017 (accompanies exhibition Beyond the New, curated icw Hella Jongerius), Material Utopias, published by Sternberg Verlag, September 2017, an essay on designer Konstantin Grcic (‘Panorama’, Vitra Design Museum, 2014), and a monograph on artist Robert Zandvliet (‘Robert Zandvliet. I owe you the Truth in Painting’, Nai Publishers, 2012). 

Schouwenberg has been teaching at various art schools and universities, including DAE (ba and ma departments), the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and KABK in The Hague, master department interior architecture (since 2012); in 2018 she will be teaching at the Politecnic university of Milan. Since 2010 she is head of the master department Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Louise Schouwenberg has collaborated with designer Hella Jongerius on various projects: During two subsequent Salone del Mobile events in Milan they presented their views on design by way of a manifest: Beyond the New (2015, at Palazzo Clerici), and a shadow play: A Search Behind Appearances (2016, at the request of the Serpentine Galleries, London, this installation was presented at La Rinascente storefront windows. It contained tiny machines, fabrics, texts and projected shadow plays). For museum Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich Schouwenberg and Jongerius curated the exhibition Beyond the New (November 2017 – September 2018), which is accompanied by the aforementioned publication on the agency of things. 

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Part of the installation A Search Behind Appearances

Overview of Beyond the New at Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (Nov 2017-September 2018). The installation Upside Down - Reading the Archive consists of cabinets from the museum’s archive. By placing them with their backs on the floor instead of upright, visitors can still see the visual characteristics and intuit the cultural meanings of the exhibited objects. At the same time, they are invited to imagine how these same objects would have shaped people’s daily lives if their functionality were still intact. On the wall, textile panels are draped with woven words, sentences, and questions that provide the visitors with clues for reading the manifold meanings and agencies of design within a ‘white cube’ exhibition space.

Three recent publications by Louise Schouwenberg