Amsterdam Bakelite Collection

 

Exhibitions and contributions - Illustrated lectures and presentations

StickerOur Bakelite exhibitions are to demonstrate the enormous influence of bakelite on the daily lives of nearly everyone in the twentieth century. The great variety of products and forms offers interesting perspectives, as do also the points of contact with a number of movements in art and design, including Art Deco, Bauhaus, Streamline, and 1960s style, as well as the more sober designs of the eighties and the striking products developed by French designer Philippe Starck for Telefunken and Alessi in the final decade of the twentieth century. Although the high point of production occurred during the interwar years – and objects from this period are a major element of the exhibition – bakelite remains in production to this day.
After opening with an historical introduction beginning in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The concluding section will display technical and household products that are still being made nowadays. Along with bakelite, attention will also be paid to other thermosetting plastics like melamine- and urea-formaldehyde, which are also derived from Baekeland’s discoveries. Although many objects were designed in circumstances of anonymity – often by technicians, instrumentmakers, or engineers – we also find designers with established names like Norman Bel Geddes, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Harold van Doren, Henry Dreyfuss, L. C. Kalff, Raymond Loewy, Isamo Noguchi, Gio Ponti, Dieter Rams, and Philippe Starck.

2013 SAMPE 2013, BAKELITE IN SHANGHAI

Shanghai, China, Everbright Conference and Exhibition Center 29.10.2013 – 1.11.2013

This exhibition is sponsored by Puyang Willing Chemicals Co., Ltd and the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academey of Sciences.

Bakelite in Shanghai - celebrating Leo Baekeland's 150th birthday

2013 THE STREETS OF AMSTERDAM

Program title: De straten van Amsterdam (The streets of Amsterdam), Transvaalkade, 12.6.2013

Amsterdam Bakelite Collection on Dutch/Amsterdam TV.
Live interview by host Pieter Hulst (in Dutch) for broadcasting station AT5.

2012

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Royal Philips Electronics, 1.9.2012.
"What you see is what you get" - Martin Scorcese comment on bakelite TV set in company movie, Our love is history.

In cooperation with production house PostPanic BV, Amsterdam Bakelite Collection provided a rare 1946 bakelite Philips TV set.

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2012

Japan, Osaka, Osaka Science Museum, 1.4.2012.
The Science Museum Osaka selected Transatlantic Chemistry and The Fourth Kingdom for educational purposes for the public.

These two Japanese subtitled movie trailers are delivered by ABC.

The Science Museum Osaka

2011 JAPANESE PLASTICS PRODUCTION, 100 YEARS

More than 2.500 visitors in three days!

Japan, Tokyo, Science Museum, 22.12.2011 – 25.12.2011

The Past, Present, and Future of Plastics

2011 BAEKELAND ON SCREEN

Making the movie (HDTV)
'TRANSATLANTIC CHEMISTRY:
BAEKELAND THE INVENTOR OF BAKELITE' ®
Bakelite and Baekeland: the Documentary! (Preview) YouTube

Behind the Screens

Reindert Groot Producer

2010 MADE IN YONKERS

More than 10.000 visitors!

United States, Yonkers, New York, Hudson River Museum,
6.2.2010 – 6.6.2010
Bakelite in Yonkers: Pioneering the Age of Plastics

Bakelite in Yonkers: Pioneering the Age of Plastics is organized by the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection in partnership with the Hudson River Museum.

Sponsoring & Support

Hudson River Museum

2009

Canada, Toronto, Ontario, CBC Broadcast Centre, 6.3.2009 at 10 pm PT on CBC Newsworld
Contribution to CBC documentary Forever Plastic with 1937 film footage
The Fourth Kingdom
(trailer 6'22", see below)

cbc television

2008 - 2009 SAGINAW WELCOMES BAKELITE

United States, Saginaw, Michigan, Historical Society of Saginaw County at the Castle Museum, 16.11.2008 – 16.2.2009, extended to 30.6.2009
Heat and Pressure – 100 Years of Bakelite

Historical Society of Saginaw County at the Castle Museum

2008

Switzerland, Basel, MCH Messe Schweiz AG,
Herbstwarenmesse, 25.10 – 2.11.2008
Bakelite Exhibition Zimmermann

2008 LEO BAEKELAND AND MARK TWAIN MEET AGAIN

United States, Redding, Connecticut, Mark Twain Library, 5.4 – 4.6.2008
Heat and Pressure – 100 Years of Bakelite

Mark Twain Library

2008

France, Paris,’15, Square de Vergennes’, 18.3 – 2.8.2008
Bakelite Exhibition Zimmermann

Bakelite Exhibition Zimmermann

2007

Switzerland, Basel, MCH Messe Schweiz AG, Herbstwarenmesse,
27.10 – 4.11.2007
Bakelite Exhibition Zimmermann

2007

Belgium, Ghent, Museum voor de Geschiedenis van de Wetenschappen, 23.4 – 14.12.2007
En toen was er ... Bakeliet : 1907 – 2007
Belgium, Ghent, Museum for the History of Sciences,
And then there was ... Bakelite : 1907 – 2007

Gent

2002

Germany, Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 16.3 – 16.6.2002
Streamline: Amerikanisches Design 1930 bis 1955

Wolfsburg

2001 - 2002

Netherlands, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 17.11.2001 – 24.2.2002
Streamline: The Dawn of  Tomorrow: US  design  from 1930 to 1955

Press Release Exhibition

 

Exhibitions and contributions - Illustrated lectures and presentations

2011

Japan, Shizuoka, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., 26.12.2011.

Illustrated lecture at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., Shizuoka Plant, for Research and Development Department.

2011

Japan, Tokyo, Royal Dutch Embassy, 22.12.2011.

Meeting and illustrated presentation at Press and Cultural Department.

2011

United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 02.11.2011.

Image research for Transatlantic Chemistry documentary on chemistry from renaissance period till early 20th century.

Informal presentation at department of Rare Books at Othmer Library of Chemical History.

2011

United States, Rochester, New York, George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, 28.10.2011.

Visiting George Eastman Archive and Study Center to research connections between Baekeland and Eastman. In 1928 Eastman launched his first Kodachrome Color film; among the guests were also Thomas Edison and Leo Baekeland.

A small presentation was given to the Curator of The Eastman Legacy Collection.

2011

United States, Syracuse, New York, Syracuse University, 27.10.2011.

Presenting Bakelite: The Material of a Thousand Uses, an illustrated lecture in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Just One Word: Plastic, at the Special collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library.

During this lecture our recent acquisition was presented to a highly interested audience: BAKELITE THE MATERIAL OF INFINITE USES, a British corporate movie, produced in 1936 by PUBLICITY FILMS Ltd., for BAKELITE LIMITED, 16mm black & white.

2011

Germany, Bremen, Hochschule für Künste Bremen/University of the Arts Bremen, July 1, 2011.
Forum Kunststoffgeschichte 2011: Form und Material - Kunststoffe in Kunst, Architektur und Design, 30.06.2011 - 01.07.2011
Participation of symposium organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kunststoffgeschichte e.V./German Society of Plastics History

Lecture given about Amsterdam Bakelite Collection.

2011

Germany, Erkner (near Berlin), Freundeskreis Chemie-Museum Erkner e.V., March 18, 2011.
Meeting and visiting world's first commercial bakelite plant; Bakelite Gesellschaft m.b.H., Heimat-Museum and Dynea premises.

A small presentation was given at the Freundeskreis offices, based at the Dynea premises. .

Freundeskreis Chemie-Museum

2010

United States, Lowell, Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 9.2.2010
Guest Lecture at Department of Plastics Engineering

2010

United States, Yonkers, New York, Hudson River Museum, 6.2.2010
Opening of the exhibition Bakelite in Yonkers: Pioneering the Age of Plastics

Talk with the experts: A discussion of the work of Leo Baekeland
Reindert Groot, founder/curator, Amsterdam Bakelite Collection
Hugh Karraker, great grandson of Leo Baekeland
Dr. Louis A. Pilato, chemist and author of Phenolic Resins: A Century of Progress

Historical Society of Saginaw County at the Castle Museum

2008

Germany, Cologne, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kunststoffgeschichte e.V.
at Cologne University of Applied Sciences / Institute for Conservation Sciences, 13.12.2008
Annual Meeting 2008

2008

United States, Saginaw, Michigan, Historical Society of Saginaw County at the Castle Museum, 15.11.2008
Opening of the exhibition Heat and Pressure – 100 Years of Bakelite

Historical Society of Saginaw County at the Castle Museum

2008

United States, Saginaw, Michigan, Rotary Club of Saginaw, 12.11.2008
Wednesday Meeting Program

2008

United States, Redding, Connecticut, Mark Twain Library, 5.4.2008
Heat and Pressure – 100 Years of Bakelite
The exhibition Heat and Pressure – 100 Years of Bakelite is the result of the close cooperation between Hugh Karraker, Redding, Connecticut and Reindert Groot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

poster bakelite

2007

Belgium, Ghent, Museum for the History of Sciences, 24.9.2007
Symposium Baekeland 2007: Thermosets, 100 years after Bakelite

2007

United States, Manchester, Connecticut, Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc., 11.5.2007
Heat and Pressure – 100 Years of Bakelite

2007

United States, New York, New York, The Chemists’ Club, 7.5.2007
Annual Meeting

Chemist Club