Stedelijk Museum




For ‘The Gijs + Emmy Spectacle’ - Fashion and Jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum - Studio Harm Rensink designed an exhibition that presented their early works. The exhibition, curated by Marjan Boot, was based on a legendary fashion show presented by the artist duo Gijs Bakker (1942) and Emmy van Leersum (1930 1984) in 1967.


In the late 1960s, Bakker and Van Leersum, both trained jewelry designers, created a furor with their avant-garde jewelry and clothing that fused fashion, design, and art. Two one-off events and numerous exhibitions brought Gijs and Emmy international recognition in the world of 1960s jewelry design and sparked a true revolution. Bakker and Van Leersum’s breakthrough came in 1967 when they presented their vision of a total concept of fashion and jewelry with a spectacular show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.


For the exhibition Studio Harm Rensink recreated the show from 1967 - from which all documentation was lost - so the visitors could experience and understand the importance of it, back then and nowadays.




Exhibition design in close collaboration with Bart Hess

Photography by Gert Jan van Rooij


“ It was erotic, maybe a little bit scary. How to reconstruct this atmosphere, that was the question. ” 
- New York Times
the gijs + emmy spectacle


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