Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition. In Eye 3 October 2021 through 9 January 2022.

The two artists’ film-to-stage adaptations synthesize theatre with film, live video, and music. Both are also renowned for their innovative way of interacting with audiences. At the core of their work is an urge to experiment and break conventions.

Soap Motor Oil & Sultry Heat

Combining the scent of lemongrass with motor oil, the natural soap bar “Motor Oil & Sultry Heat” is an unexpected and wonderfully scented bar of soap.

The scents of this soap bar are inspired by two films on view in All About Theatre About Film. The film Ossessione (1943) forms the source of inspiration for the dark side of this soap. This part of the soap contains the rich smoky scents of patchouli, birch tar and vetiver, combined with activated charcoal. The soap’s light side, infused with the fresh and spicy scent of lemongrass, is inspired by the movie India Song (1975). Together, these parts make for a uniquely scented soap.

(oilcan not included)


“Kunstschrift is the most beautiful art magazine in the Netherlands: richly and tastefully illustrated, arranged thematically and written with a lot of esprit.”
– Athenaeum

Order the latest edition of Kunstschrift now. The large interview with Ivo van Hove ties in with the exhibition of his work, which is on view in Eye from October 2021.

Scarf Antonioni Project

Scarf designed by Hellen van Berkel with a photo from Jan Versweyveld from the set of the Antonioni Project (2009) directed by Ivo van Hove.

T-shirt All About Theatre About Film

This organic cotton T-shirt was designed for the exhibition All About Theatre About Film at Eye Film Museum.

The T-shirt features a photo by scenographer Jan Versweyveld from the set of Antonioni Project (2009), directed by Ivo van Hove.

About Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld

Director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld, both born in Belgium in 1958, have worked together on dozens of productions that have caused a sensation internationally for the way they constantly probe the boundaries of theatre. Their works center on complex individuals, clashing characters with a hidden, dark side. The plays possess a highly physical quality and respond to social undercurrents. Cinema is a recurring point of departure in their work, which has been staged from Broadway to Taipei and received countless accolades.

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