Bas van Beek
Bas van Beek (Nijmegen, 1974) was trained at the Willem De Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. His work provides a criticism of market mechanisms, branding, poor conceptualism and uncritical designer cults. He studies archive material, restores, adjusts and digitizes designs that are often either not produced or published. He was the head of the designLAB department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2009-2013) and currently teaches at the Masters Industrial Design Department of the the Royal Academy in The Hague. Early 2019 he was awarded the Stokroos Stipend for Ceramics.
He has served on numerous juries and committees, including the jury for the Cor Unum Ceramics design competition, the Municipal Art Acquisitions Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and as committee member for the Creative Industries Fund. His work is in the collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Zeeuws Museum Middelburg, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven and Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch.