The Dead Sea Scrolls
Drents Museum, Assen (NL)
Drents Museum, Assen (NL)
The exhibition ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Drents Museum is designed by Kossmann.dejong and will be on display from 9 July 2013 untill 5 January 2014. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was one of the most revolutionary finds of the twentieth century. context The exhibition presents a total of sixteen scrolls (divided in two sets of eight, shown one after the other). These scrolls are of vital importance for our knowledge of early Judaism and Christianity. Several fragments have not previously been shown to the public. Alongside the manuscripts, the exhibitions comprises over 400 special objects that hail from old Judea, Masada, En Gedi, Jerusalem and the caves of Qumran, which place the manuscripts in the cultural and historical context of the Greek-Roman period. image of an era The exhibition introduces the visitor to the era in which the manuscripts were produced and collected. Thematic vitrines display important aspects of daily life, such as the importance of cleanliness and water, but also the writing and burial culture. The uprising of the Jews against the Romans in 66 AD, and the subsequent war and destruction of the temple in 70 AD, led to the flight of the Jewish people. Everyday objects, scrolls of writings, but also a robe in which a deceased child was wrapped, are dramatic proof of this flight. discovery In ‘The Discovery’ pavilion, a film together with some objects, tells the unusual story surrounding the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in eleven caves near Qumran, between 1947 and 1956, and the journey the manuscripts have undertaken since then. The central square in the exhibition immerses the visitor in an abstract desert. A strong light source casts long shadows of the visitors present, while a mysterious soundscape enhances the sense of being in a desert. Screens show film fragments of interviews with scholars. interpretation The central square gives access to three pavilions, among which the space in which the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. Visitors get to know how to interpret a fragment and are given translations of the texts. ‘The research lab’ dissects the Dead Sea Scrolls as archaeological artefacts. Visitors are challenged to discover more about the meaning of the text, the shape (material, type of script) and the conservation. ‘The three Abrahamic religions’ pavilion displays an old Bible, Quran and Torah. collaboration The exhibition was conceived in close collaboration with guest conservator Prof. Dr. Mladen Popović of the Qumran Institute, The Department of Theology and Religious Studies of the University Groningen, and curator Adi Ziv of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem. The exhibition will be on display at the Drents Museum until 5 January 2014 and will subsequently travel to the Schlossmuseum in Linz (Austria).
concept, spatial and graphic design: Kossmann.dejong, Amsterdam building and realisation: Iris vormgeving BV, Amsterdam; Facilitaire dienst Drents Museum, Assen; JPS2, Diemen mounting: Artcare, Zaandam light: Frank Hulsebosch; Lichtpunt Groningen sound and soundscape: dB Audiovisueel, Groningen; LPMA Recordings, Amsterdam film: Tungstenpro, Amsterdam printing: Rijnja repro, Amsterdam; Exposize, Amsterdam; Multicopy, Assen
- Gold, first prize IDA International Design Awards, category Interior Design - 2013