Does IKEA make $44.6 Billion a year selling ART??

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IKEA is, quite literally, a household name, pretty much everywhere across the world. However, most people probably wouldn’t rate IKEA’s furniture as museum-worthy. They just sell furniture, not art. But is that fair?

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This episode of ‘Is This Art?’ gives a scientific treatise about products or subjects in society and daily life, compared with traditional pieces of art and is created for informational and educational purposes.

We aim to share our knowledge about art and make art available and accessible to a large audience, whereby we intend to have our audience reflect on the question if and whether products or subjects can be qualified as art.

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– Het Parool. (1963, 6 juli). Architect G. Th. Rietveld ontving medaille van de stad Utrecht. Het Parool, p. 7. Geraadpleegd van
– History of Art. (2017, 24 januari). History of Art – Animation [Video]. Geraadpleegd op 10 maart 2019, van
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– IKEASmallSpaces. (2011, 27 juni). IKEA Small Spaces – Small ideas [Video]. Geraadpleegd op 13 maart 2019, van
-Kroon, S. (2017, 25 december). IKEA Museum Älmhult, Sweden [Video]. Geraadpleegd op 12 maart 2019, van
-Muñoz, F. (2018, 28 juni). Los 10 artículos más vendidos en IKEA en 2016. Geraadpleegd op 11 maart 2019, van
-Opstad, I., & That Scandinavian Feeling. (2017, 21 juli). DIY // HOW I CUSTOMIZED MY IKEA KALLAX SHELVING UNIT WITH DOORS & KNOBS. Geraadpleegd op 19 maart 2019, van
-Phaidon. (2011, 13 januari). Gerrit Rietveld: The Architect and Designer [Video]. Geraadpleegd op 10 maart 2019, van
-The Hall of Advertising. (2015, 28 januari). IKEA – Lamp (2002, USA) [Video]. Geraadpleegd op 11 maart 2019, van
-Inter IKEA System BV. (z.d.). – International homepage. Geraadpleegd op 12 maart 2019, van

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