The exhibition is an initiative by Amber Ambrose Aurèle (art historian and designer under her brand name) and Liza Snook (collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum). For this project, Jan Jansen donated shoes from his private collection, consisting of more than 4.000 models. This includes the iconic 'What is this ?', the 'Bruno', the famous 'hovering wedge' and countless others. The artists had carte blanche to create new objects from the shoes. This resulted in one of a kind artworks, from sculptures with gold leaf to woodcuts and exuberant dolls.
Amber explores the boundaries between art and design under her own label Amber Ambrose Aurèle. She’s got two master’s degrees: one in shoe design from ArtEZ in Arnhem and one in art history from the University of Amsterdam. Her academic background is what makes her research unique, it resembles her vision on aesthetics and design. With her designs, she does not follow trends but makes shoes that are strongly rooted in concepts. She’s constantly questioning the status quo, such as that of the femme fatale and the femme fragile. Next to her work as a designer, she works as a teacher at several art academies in The Netherlands and China. AmberAmbroseAurele
Ever since her studies in graphic design at the Royal College in The Hague, Liza Snook collects anything and everything that has something to do with shoes. To share this passion with the world, she started the website www.virtualshoemuseum.com together with her partner Taco Zwaanswijk in 2004. For ten years now, she has been designing exhibitions around shoes that are involved in art and design by collaborating with museums worldwide. Next to that, she works closely together with Workman Publishers in New York, is a regular judge at international design schools and helps young designers find their way.
Artists and designers
ONA B. (Oostenrijk), Peter Dautzenberg (NL), Fantich&Young (UK), Liselore Frowijn (NL), Joyce de Gruiter (NL), Ray Horacek (Japan), Lok Jansen (Japan), Jonghlabel (NL), Kei Kagami (UK), Hetty Kelderman (NL), Bas Kosters (NL), Jasper Krabbé (NL), Costis Magarakis (Israël), MOAM (NL), Ted Noten (NL), Alet Pilon (NL), Elvira Rajek (Oostenrijk), Joop Rubens (NL), Ton van der Spruit (NL), Swip Stolk (NL), Marie Verstegen (NL), Albert van der Weide (NL), Lie van der Werff (NL).
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures exhibition
Friday 17, saturday 18 and sunday 19 November our exhibition is open to the public.
The View, Rokin 75, Amsterdam, 6th floor.
11:00 – 19:00
Amsterdam Centraal station: tram 4, tram 9 or tram 24.
Q-Park Bijenkorf - Beursstraat 15, 1012 JW Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky - Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam
From 17 November our publication is available for 10 euro.
More informationfrom 15 November
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures
Special thanks to
Jan & Tonny Jansen, Lok Jansen,Joyce de Gruiter & Peter Willemse, Jos van Moorsel, dhr. A.H. Hartman, Mike Ditmann, Marie & Hanny
Verstegen, and to all artists who share our passion for shoes and have participed in the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project.
Photo Bas Duijs: The Crazy Shoemaker by Joyce de Gruiter.