Lies Willers and Jeanine Aalfs design the lavish exhibition at Hermitage Amsterdam: Dining with the Tsars

Spatial designer Lies Willers and stylist Jeanine Aalfs joined forces; this lead to an innovative, festive, engaging, dreamlike and overwhelming scenography.

Photo Janiek Dam

Combining impressionistic, abstract installations with refined styling elements, bold colours and humorous details, Willers and Aalfs created a respectful stage for the magnificent porcelain services from the collection of the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

The exhibition design evokes the lavish balls and banquets of the Tsar’s court, but deliberately avoids fakery, re-construction or pastiche. The carefully directed light touch of all elements creates a sense of history and heritage, whilst the over-all atmosphere is fresh and contemporary.

There are numerous different stories to tell about this collection: factual and emotional. This scenography provides an exceptional tool to tell them all.

Graphic design: Studio Berry Slok.

Photo Janiek Dam

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1 January 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

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