ted noten
13 Oct 2013

The Public Program of the Stedelijk Museum is very pleased to present this afternoon symposium about the work of Dutch jewelry designer Ted Noten.

(c) Hans de Bruijn
(c) Hans de Bruijn

Location: Teijin auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Time: October 13, 2013, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Language: Dutch 
Entrance: Entrance price to the Stedelijk Museum + € 2.50 supplement
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the program you want to attend. 

The inspiration for the symposium was the Koffergeheimen (Suitcase secrets) project, which Noten organized for the Stedelijk in 2008 during Stedelijk in de Stad. For Koffergeheimen, people were invited to take personal things to the Bouwkeet, a small exhibition, performance, and lecture space which traveled through different parts of the city while the Stedelijk was being renovated. The personal objects were encased in concrete in situ. A handle was then attached to the object, forming the shape of a suitcase. The suitcase served as a time capsule, a secret that was kept and was not accessible to anyone at that time. Now that the Stedelijk has reopened, the suitcases are being exhibited during the symposium and the owners have been invited to pick them up.

In addition, the symposium will examine the impressive oeuvre of Ted Noten, which was recently the focus of a large-scale exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch. At the start of the afternoon, Noten will give an introduction to his work and will then be interviewed by writer and journalist Tracy Metz. 

More information about the speakers

Ted Noten is a Dutch jewelry designer who is constantly exploring the limits of his profession. He started as a bricklayer and psychiatric nurse, but graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1990 and began his career as a solo artist. He has since built up an impressive oeuvre which has had a significant influence on the field of contemporary jewelry design. Noten has taken part in several international exhibitions and his work is included in a large number of museum collections. Since 2005, he has worked under the name Atelier Ted Noten, and has carried out design projects large and small, installations, and new works for a broad range of collectors, levels of government, and cultural institutions in collaboration with various parties. 

Author and journalist Tracy Metz writes for the NRC Handelsblad and De Groene Amsterdammer and is the international correspondent for the American journal Architectural Record. She is also the author of a number of books, including Zoet&Zout: Water en de Nederlanders (Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch), which she published with Maartje van den Heuvel in 2011, following the eponymous exhibition in the Kunsthal Rotterdam. In 2006-2007, she was granted the prestigious mid-career Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and in 2012 she was awarded the Groeneveld prize.