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Blinker Brooch, 1988

This is a Brooch. It was designed by Gijs Bakker and made by Tobias van Roojen. It is dated 1988 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is gold, acquamarine, pvc-laminated newspaper. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Gijs Bakker’s Blinker brooch satirizes the continuing worship of athletes by transforming a newspaper image of the superstar Dutch striker Regi Blinker into jewelry. To add an exclamation point, he links the outsize celebrity to money by overlaying the soccer ball with an aquamarine gemstone.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

  • Matchsafe
  • Overall: 5.9 x 2.7 x 1.4 cm (2 5/16 x 1 1/16 x 9/16 in.).
  • Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.
  • 1982-23-1168
  • Brooch (Denmark)
  • patinated brass, glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of George A. Hearn.
  • 1987-49-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 16.5 × 6.3 × 1.9 cm (6 1/2 × 2 9/16 × 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse, hand signature on newspaper 'Blinker 88' and 'G. Bakker'.

It is signed

one-off, signed 'GBakker '88'

Cite this object as

Blinker Brooch, 1988; Designed by Gijs Bakker (Dutch, b.1942); Made by Tobias van Roojen; gold, acquamarine, pvc-laminated newspaper; H x W x D: 16.5 × 6.3 × 1.9 cm (6 1/2 × 2 9/16 × 11/16 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-4

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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