Two weeks ago I was invited to attend Wayne Thiebaud’s exposition opening at Museum Voorlinden. Next to figures and landscapes, the American artist is especially famed for his super-tasty paintings of cakes, ice-cream and hotdogs. Iconic for the American culture. Voorlinden explained to us they are the first European museum hosting a full exhibition with Thiebaud’s works and it was about time to introduce it to their audience, and I get why. Thibaud’s blobs of syrupy paint makes you almost drool, as the dry paint almost looks like real cake icing. So don’t come with an empty stomach, there’s a great chance you want to lick off the paintings ;).
When we arrived early in the morning, they welcomed us in the museum garden at their Bakery Case pop-up. In this way the museum actually brought Thiebaud’s paintings to life. It was not only very tempting for the hungry belly, but just as much a lust for the eye. We sat down in the sun, got some super delicious homemade cake and cappuccino served, while sitting in a super aesthetically designed bakery. The chairs we sat on, the colourful tableware and lightning with bright and pastel colors, all referred to Thibauds unique colorscheme. The Bakery concept is so well thought and perfectly executed, I was so blown away. All credits go to Voorlinden who initiated it, and of course the creative designers they collaborated with who made it all happen (Just Haasnoot – Weltevree – De Intuïtiefabriek – Valerie Objects).
See a recap of this unique experience down below, and make sure to visit while it lasts! The Wayne Thiebaud exposition and the Bakery Case pop-up will be there until September 16th.