Longing for Mecca
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
From 15 February 2019
Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects designed the exhibition ‘Longing for Mecca – The pilgrim’s journey’ for the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden (NL). This exhibition has moved to the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and can be visited there from 15 February 2019.
The pilgrim’s journey
Every consecutive space in the exhibition represents a stage in the pilgrim’s journey, and through the use of light, colour, pieces from the collection, film and sound evokes a different atmosphere and experience. At the entrance Dutch Muslims share their personal Hajj experiences by way of video portraits, in their own environment, one-to-one with the audience. Stimulated by this ‘longing for Mecca’, visitors will receive practical tips for the preparation of their journey to the city in the next room. The impressive facts and figures of the Hajj are presented graphically. In the long corridor that follows, photographs and maps visualise the journey, and the different routes and modes of transport pilgrims use to get to the meeting point of Djedda.
Mecca and Medina
Through the corridor, which Djedda as its final destination, visitors will reach the white room that represents Mecca. Here the rituals that are part of the Hajj are the focus. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by an impressive projection of masses of people, who all execute the ritual of walking around the Ka’ba seven times. The adjoining black, serene space allows the visitors to really experience ‘the feeling of Mecca’. Using authentic pieces of cloth of the Ka’ba, an impressive, realistic setting is realised. The subsequent bright room is dedicated to a visit to the Medina. The last stage of the pilgrimage is all about the collection of souvenirs, represented in the exhibition as a colorful bazar, where personal Hajj memorabilia of Muslims in the region of Leiden have found a place.
The exhibition was previously on show at the British Museum in London and the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden (NL). ‘Longing for Mecca’ was redesigned by Kossmann.dejong and adapted for the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam – another showcase of our flexible, sustainable approach to exhibition design.
‘Longing for Mecca’ is open for the public from 15 February 2019 at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.
Concept: Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects i.c.w. The British Museum
Spatial design, graphic design, art direction: Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects
Build: Brandwacht en Meijer, TARS Visuele Presentatie
Light design: Heinz Loopstra Light Design
AV: Invision, Just Focus, Mudware, Tropenmuseum
Merit award SEGD Global Design - 2014
Winner Museum Prize Zuid-Holland (NL) - 2014
Winner IDA International Design Awards - 2013
Finalist London International Creative Competition - 2013