Rijksmuseum Twenthe - Het kunstmuseum van Enschede

Bart Hess

Bart Hess (1984) is working on the future. He creates another world, a possible world. A world in which technology melds body and object. In the universe of Bart Hess we don’t put on shoes but shoes are part of our body. ‘Clothes’ become a second skin which lives, breathes, grows and transforms. Hess merges the human and the animal: when we don the materials and applications that Hess has created we are transformed into a new but completely logical creature.ss


Bart Hess (1984) is working on the future. He creates another world, a possible world. A world in which technology melds body and object. In the universe of Bart Hess we don’t put on shoes but shoes are part of our body. ‘Clothes’ become a second skin which lives, breathes, grows and transforms. Hess merges the human and the animal: when we don the materials and applications that Hess has created we are transformed into a new but completely logical creature.

First Museum Solo exhibition

From 17 March 2014 to 5 January 2014, RMT presented A Hunt for High Tech, the first museum solo exhibition by Bart Hess. The work of Bart Hess is on the intersection between design, fashion and the visual arts. He makes material studies, animations and photos in which the relation between man and material, nature and technology are central. A famous work is his Slime outfit for Lady Gaga, which clings and moulds the body of the wearer.

The animal

Nature with its structures, textures, inner logic and aesthetic is an important source of inspiration for Hess. That’s why stuffed animals and animal paintings from the RMT collection can be seen throughout the exhibition, animals we are familiar with and which have in one way or another influenced the alternative universe of Hess.

About Bart Hess

Bart Hess (Geldrop, 1984) studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. With his work he has achieved a prominent position in the (inter)national design world. He has worked with artists such as Lucy McRae, Lady Gaga, Iris van Herpen and Nick Knight. Since 2012 he has been living and working in London.

Bart Hess in 21rozendaal and TETEM art space

During the summer Bart Hess put together two exhibitions in the art spaces, 21rozendaal and TETEM, which are both located in the Roombeek Culture Cluster in Enschede. 21rozendaal presented in an exhibition entitled HEAT a diverse range of artworks of artists that had been personally selected by Bart Hess, including Lucy McRae, Edhv and Pieter van den Bosch. For TETEM art space, Hess was curator of Multi Solo. He invited designers and artists to submit work around the theme ‘Wild Thing'. From the submissions Hess selected the artists for the exhibition. The exhibitions in 21rozendaal and TETEM opened on 27 June 2013.

Opening during Twentse Salon

The exhibition A Hunt for High Tech was opened during the third edition of the Twentse Salon on 17 March at 16.00. During the opening Bart Hess also received the Profielprijs 2013 . This prize was awarded for his unique contribution to textile design in the broadest sense of the word. On the same day Bart Hess had spoken earlier about his work in an interview with director Arnoud Odding.

During the opening of the exhibition on 17 March 2013, the public was treated to what was undoubtedly the most spectacular performance in the history of RMT.