The Jewellery - Linking Bodies department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie joins the ‘Constantijn Huygens year’ at Huygens' Hofwijck in Voorburg with an exhibition of ten projects.  ‘RIETVELD – HUYGENS EXCHANGE. What has Huygens ever done for us?’ takes place from 6 April to 3 July 2022.


The Voorburg museums Huygens' Hofwijck and Huygens' Swaensteyn celebrate a festive year. The year 2022 marks a milestone in the research into the life and work of Constantine Huygens: the completion of the online database with his extensive correspondence. It is also exactly four hundred years ago that Constantijn was knighted by the Scottish-English King James I. This was the start of a long diplomatic career that would take him to many European courts. Part of this ‘Constantijn Huygens year’ is the exhibition ‘RIETVELD – HUYGENS EXCHANGE. What has Huygens ever done for us?’ by students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. 

Ten students from the Jewellery - Linking Bodies department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie spent three months examining the life and times of Constantijn Huygens. The students involved in this project focused their attention on Huygens’ position of social privilege that allowed him to delve into ephemeral research, travels, and the practice of alchemy. Confronted with the shadows that characterised the age in which Huygens lived, many questions and doubts started to arise. This prompted the students to critically reflect on their own, contemporary privileges. Whether consciously or intuitively, the students were drawn to, and challenged by, the shadows and the margins. In the process, they were encouraged to follow their feelings and intuitive reactions. This has led to ten artistic projects that will be exhibited in Huygens' Hofwijck in Voorburg. 

Participating students are: Yawen Fu, Jakob Hodel, Zeke Isendahl, Ada Jochimsen, Myrthe Kamoen, Ayano Koda, Stella Lydaki, Karla Nilzen, Lente Oosterhuis and Alma Teer. 

The free brochure that accompanies this part of the exhibition was designed and illustrated by Kiki Gordon and Mila Landreau, students of the Graphic Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. You can download a pdf here.


Huygens’ Hofwijck
Westeinde 2a
2275 AD Voorburg
The Netherlands

Hofwijck is open for visitors on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00-17.00h.


PTSD by Zeke Isendahl

Forks by Karla Nilzen

Something Missing by Ada Jochimsen

Ungraspable by Ayano Koda

Sweet Bag by Alma Teer

Memories of a perfume by Stella Lydaki

The History of Constantijn’s Loose Thread by Lente Oosterhuis (photo by Lente Oosterhuis)

The missing body by Yawen Fu

Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon, Gemini Rising by Myrthe Kamoen

On the Other Hand by Jakob Hodel

All photos by Konstantin Guz.