Welcome to Kossmanndejong’s press room. Through the tiles, you can select a project and download the press files.
We are currently working on projects in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UAE for instance in museums, cultural institutions, the World Expo, and governments. The themes of these projects range from science, sustainability, royalty, Jewish history to the Anthropocene. Some of them are expected to open later this year, others in the years to come. Below you will find a selection.
Project What If
We The Curious, Bristol (UK)
Project What If at We The Curious in Bristol truly places people at the heart of science. It is the first science center based on the curiosity of an entire city. Why do rainbows make me happy? Can we make time go slower? These are examples of the 10,000 questions that were collected to inspire Project What If. Explore the secrets of color, broadcast a message into space, and be fooled by the tricks of light. A series of connected constellation islands take you on a thought-provoking journey.
House of Artisans
Qasr al Hosn, Abu Dhabi (UAE)
The House of Artisans is located in the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi, right next to the Qasr Al Hosn, the city’s oldest and most famous building. The striking building has a woven facade reminiscent of traditional baskets. In collaboration with Tellart we designed the new permanent exhibition where you can now wander through a woven village full of stories. Three traditional weaving techniques form the basis of the exhibition: weaving with palm leaves, weaving wool, and creating patterns.
Beth Haim cemetery, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel (NL)
At a 30 minutes beautiful bike ride away from Amsterdam, in the centre of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, is Beth Haim, one of the oldest Sephardic cemeteries in the world. Here lie the graves of more than 28.000 members of the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam. While the oldest graves date from the 17th century, new ones are still added today. In this way, Beth Haim – Hebrew for ‘House of Life’ – spans more than four centuries of Jewish history on four hectares of ground.
The Story of Gardening
The Newt, Somerset (UK)
Gardens have been part of all cultures over time and each garden tells its own story. In a brand new museum on an estate in Somerset we have made visible everything we have learned about gardens over the centuries. The result: an exhibition full of stories about power and ideals, faith and love, ecology, and nature. We developed the overarching concept and designed the entire exhibition down to the smallest details, from the VR-show to the children’s treasure hunt. We were also responsible for content development and construction. In short, everything involved in designing and realizing an exhibition.
NEMO Science Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
When you walk through a tunnel into Humania, you hear questions about yourself. They make you think: who or what am I? When you leave the tunnel you are standing in front of an 8.5-meter-high work of art of a skeleton doing a handstand. The exhibition titles in neon letters ‘I was’, ‘I am’ and ‘I will become’ beckon you to go and explore.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (NL)
‘Life’ is one of the two permanent exhibitions that we created for the renewed Naturalis Biodiversity Center. We designed the exhibitions without showcases, so you can almost touch the animals. It’s a journey that takes you upwards, from the bottom of the deep sea to high up into the clouds. The first glimpse is overwhelming and the further you travel, the more animals you meet. As the path winds upwards between the animals, it looks like your fellow visitors become part of the exhibition too.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (NL)
Nine new exhibitions can be found in the new Naturalis building, two of which we have designed: the introduction room ‘Life’ and the exhibition ‘Death’. On the top floor – where your visit ends – we have created a special exhibition about a subject that affects us all: death. We want to show that death is an inevitable part of the cycle of life, and of the seasons. As such we designed the exhibition in a poetic, friendly, and accessible way.
Bolidt Innovation Center
Suppose you make the best cast floors in the world… And you want everyone to see how you make them, step by step. You want to show how innovative and creative your organization is. And show the pride of your team. What if you turned your company into an experience? That’s exactly what we did for the Bolidt family business. Together with the management, employees and the architect, we conceived a concept for an innovation center that invites visitors and employees to become participants.
Chambers of Wonder
Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL)
A 3D game for – yep – teenagers.
Together with the educational department of the Kunstmuseum The Hague we aimed to prove that teenagers want to visit museums. Or, actually, we wanted ‘infect’ this group with a love of art for the rest of their lives. That’s the idea behind ‘Chambers of Wonder.’
Fish and Folk
Maritime Museum, Reykjavík (IS)
In an old fish factory in Reykjavík – the capital of Iceland – you will find the National Maritime Museum. For this museum we designed the permanent exhibition ‘Fish and folk – 150 years of fisheries’. In this exhibition you can follow the fish from the bottom of the sea, through the net of an Icelandic fisherman to the fish factory, until finally it ends up on your plate. It’s an exhibition that appeals to a wide audience, both locals and tourists. And everything revolves around fish.
The Most Beautiful City
Amsterdam Museum (NL)
The temporary exhibition ‘The Most Beautiful City – Amsterdam through the eyes of Eberhard van der Laan’ was on display from 17 June to 4 November 2018 in the Amsterdam Museum. In this period, 150,000 people visited the exhibition. ‘We all have a huge problem – we live in the most beautiful and the finest city in the world,’ said Eberhard van der Laan (1955-2017), mayor of Amsterdam and guest curator of this exhibition. Until just before his death, Van der Laan worked on this exhibition about his beloved city.
Historisches Museum Frankfurt (DE)
Power to the imagination — In the new extension of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt – located between the town hall and the river Main – we designed three exhibitions: two permanent and one temporary. In these exhibitions you will discover the many faces of the city without seeing the city in its entirety. The starting point of the permanent exhibition ‘Typical Frankfurt’ is a giant snow globe located at the heart of the space – it resembles a snow globe which you can buy in a souvenir shop.
RAF – First to the Future
Royal Air Force Museum, London (UK)
The Royal Air Force (RAF) exists for 100 years. To celebrate this, the RAF Museum in Hendon (London) has been completely renewed. Kossmanndejong exhibition architects together with a specialist team from the museum designed the new permanent exhibition ‘RAF: First to the Future’.
Looking In — with Thijs Wolzak
Design Museum, Den Bosch (NL)
For the section ‘Looking In’ in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, Thijs Wolzak photographed people with a special home every week for six years. He scrutinized the interiors, listened to the people’s stories, and figured out how to capture all that in one image. The photographs were always a complete representation of this encounter, down to the smallest detail.
Welcome to Jerusalem
Jewish Museum Berlin (DE)
The Jewish Museum Berlin remains active during reconstruction of the Libeskind extension. In the Baroque Old Building, the entrance to the museum, Kossmanndejong designed a new temporary feature exhibition entitled Welcome to Jerusalem, the museum’s largest yet. Visitors take a journey of discovery through a series of spaces on the first floor where the immersive, layered design tangibly communicates the ambivalent character of the city.
House of European History, Brussels (BE)
The new House of European History hosts its first temporary exhibition entitled (Inter)actions: centuries of commerce, combat and creation. In a multimedia journey through narrative, themed spaces you are invited to learn more about the age-old history of European connections and, at the same time, new interactions between visitors are stimulated.
Qasr Al Hosn Exhibition
Abu Dhabi (UAE)
After designing two exhibitions for the Qasr Al Hosn Festival in 2016, we were asked to create a new temporary exhibition about the history of Abu Dhabi, in the visitors’ center of the the Qasr Al Hosn Fort, the oldest building of Abu Dhabi. Through a combination of historical artefacts, Pepper’s Ghost illusions and a large animated model, the history of the fort and Abu Dhabi is shown, going back 450 years, from only a fort with watchtower to a large modern metropolis. Visitors are also offered an impression of the renovation plans for the fort area’s future, designed by Danish architects, CEBRA Architecture.
Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht (NL)
The most represented woman in the world now received her own exhibition in Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht: Mary. Kossmanndejong designed this temporary exhibition – the largest in the museum’s history – as an inspiring journey through the world of Mary. Crossing cultures and religions, examining works of old masters and contemporary artists and through personal stories from famous and everyday Dutch personalities, visitors get to know Mary and discover the many faces of this truly international woman.
Canon of Dutch History
Holland Open Air Museum, Arnhem (NL)
Years ago, the planned National Historical Museum was commissioned to present The Canon of Dutch History, the history of the Netherlands, in fifty windows. The museum was never built, and the assignment went to the Open Air Museum and the Rijksmuseum. We won the design competition for the permanent exhibition in a new pavilion in the Open Air Museum which we created together with Redrum and IJsfontein, led by Pieter van der Heijden of XPEX.
Vedute.nl / NAi, Rotterdam (NL)
Visualising thoughts that make the concept of ‘space’ accessible and tangible; that’s the aim of the Dutch foundation Vedute. Vedute invites artists, designers, architects and others active in different disciplines, to visualise their fascination with space in a work measuring 44 x 32 x 7 cm in closed form. Kossmanndejong was delighted with the invitation to add a 3D-manuscript to this library of spatial creativity.
World of Feathers
Traveling exhibition (NL+SE)
This temporary exhibition takes you on a discovery of feathered objects from all corners of the world. In an immersive and a fascinating world, nature and culture merge into a visual feast. The subject of feathers has all kinds of applications and meanings. Together with the museum, we opted for a thematic layout of the various spaces, with themes such as cultural exchange, feather to impress, feathers that seduce and feathers and power. In this way, the story is introduced to you in gradual stages.
Qasr Al Hosn Festival
Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Our first project in the United Arab Emirates has been successfully completed: we designed two exhibitions in the former Cultural Foundation Building at the annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi. During the festival at the heart of the city on the grounds of the Qasr Al Hosn fort, the history of the fort and Emirati culture and traditions are celebrated. Through demonstrations, workshops and live performances the visitors go back in time to discover life as it used to be in Abu Dhabi’s coastal village and learn about the origins of Emirati heritage.
The Play’s the Thing
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon (UK)
Kossmanndejong exhibition architects designed an immersive family-friendly exhibition for and about the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), a major theatre company based in Stratford-upon-Avon. In ‘The Play’s the Thing’ visitors are taken on a multi-sensory journey through time, in which the secrets and stories behind the RSC are revealed. In the role of concept designer and later on as creative director, Kossmanndejong worked closely with the RSC’s exhibitions team and The Hub Limited a British fit-out company appointed to engineer, co-ordinate and install the exhibition.
Maritime Museum Rotterdam (NL)
Find out what it’s like on a drilling platform. In the interactive ‘Offshore Experience’ in the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam, you’ll experience an impressive world of steel and stamina and see how the pioneers of the Dutch offshore industry execute spectacular projects all over the world, in and at the bottom of the sea.
Living in the Amsterdam School
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)
The Amsterdam School is famous for its architecture, both in the Netherlands and internationally. However, the school’s spectacular design for interiors is less well known. The exhibition ‘Living in the Amsterdam School’ focuses on the interior design of this expressive, influential movement at the start of the twentieth century. Visitors can get filled with wonder through the sculptural lines, the colourful palette and intricate patterns, shown in the over 500 objects on display, like furniture, lamps, ceramics, textiles and stained glass. Kossmann.dejong created an engaging environment for this collection through a graphical setting of extremely enlarged details on the walls; blow-ups, which surround the visitor and emphasize the exceptional form language of the Amsterdam School.
Lounge 2 Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (NL)
A completely new interior for Lounge 2 at Schiphol AirportIn close cooperation with Schiphol’s in-house architect Benthem Crouwel NACO, we have transformed Schiphol’s largest passenger waiting area into a ‘Social Lounge’. A new lounge where travellers can comfortably linger, where they can meet each other in an informal setting and where there is plenty to discover.
Traveling exhibition (NL)
Kossmanndejong designed an experience for the 2016 edition of Dutch traveling theatre festival the ‘Parade’. It was named the Parade Museum. The Dutch Photo Museum in Rotterdam has been selected to arrange the Parade Museum and has asked Kossmanndejong to design an ‘exhibition’ about the photo book Eye Love You from Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990). Visitors of the Parade Museum were presented a compelling show of images that convey happiness, sadness, courage, battle and vitality.
Traveling exhibition (NL)
Kossmanndejong has designed the temporary exhibition about the life of the Buddha for the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. What makes the life of this spiritual leader so intriguing? How do effigies from different countries distinguish themselves? What are people looking for when they turn to Buddhism? These and other questions are central to the exhibition ‘THE BUDDHA’.
The Story of ECCO
ECCO Visitor Center, Bredebo (DK)
We designed the visitor center of shoe manufacturer ECCO located in the Danish town of Bredebro. ECCO is an international company with more than 20,000 employees in 88 different countries. They asked us to create an interactive presentation aimed at employees, business relations and a wider audience explaining their history, craftsmanship, innovative design, and production process.
Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden (NL)
In the exhibition ‘Geisha’, visitors encounter a highly controversial phenomenon and style icon from Japan’s elite culture. For the exhibition, we tried to find the right balance between the world renowned historical Japanese collection from the National Museum of Ethnology and the beautiful kimonos and objects on loan from a geisha house in Kyoto. Through a play with different perspectives and deploying interconnecting story layers, misunderstandings and prejudices around geisha are elucidated. The usually hidden world of geisha is made accessible to the public gradually by way of a measured presentation in which various elements are engaged with one by one.
Artis, Amsterdam (NL)
They’re everywhere. Every human being carries two kilos of bacteria on them. And so do you. On and in your body. That’s a good thing because you can’t do without bacteria. They are essential for us, but also for the rest of life on earth. In Micropia you step into a new world, an invisible world that is present in and around you. You need microbes to digest your food but they can also make you sick. In this world you will encounter intriguing inhabitants such as the paramecium, extremophiles, leafcutter ants, water bears, and lots of viruses.
Down to the Bone
Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht (NL)
The ‘Down to the Bone’ exhibition tells the story of the vertebrates and highlights how man has learnt more about himself by studying animals. The university’s rich historic collection of medical educational objects is made visible by this spectacular presentation.
Hail the People!
Traveling exhibition (NL)
In this exhibition you are able to join the top photographer Jimmy Nelson mentally on his travels. In recent years he has captured, indigenous people in the world’s remotest places. We have grouped Nelson’s photographs in such a way that they zoom in ever closer on their subjects. Landscapes, reportage, one-to-one portraits and staged group portraits are the different genres around which the exhibition has been organised.
National Military Museum
The collections of the Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg and the Army Museum in Delft were to merge into a new museum located in the former Soesterberg airbase. The Dutch government launched an exciting competition. Five teams competed, each consisting of an architect, an exhibition designer, a landscape architect, and a project developer. The winner was responsible for the integral design of the building, the interior, the exhibition, and the surrounding landscape, and also for the maintenance and exploitation during the first 25 years. We won the pitch as part of the Heijmans PPP consortium with Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architects and H+N+S Landscape Architects.
The Time Stairs
Markthal, Rotterdam (NL)
On the ancient fundaments of the city of Rotterdam, now the Markthal has arised, Holland’s first indoor food market designed by MVRDV architects. The archaeological objects found during the digging for the building’s car park form the basis of an exhibition we designed in the stairwells of the underground car parking: The Time Stairs.
Maritime Museum of Denmark
Museet for Søfart, Helsingør (DK)
The exhibition is a journey that begins with the universal longing for faraway lands and adventures at sea. A lighthouse projects dreamy footage of seafaring from the viewpoint of art and culture. Portholes have been converted into showcases. You can see the biased perceptions of sailors through objects such as the Le Male perfume bottle by Jean Paul Gaultier, erotic costumes, Lego pirate toys, Popeye the Sailor Man, and Donald Duck.
Het Spoorwegmuseum, Utrecht (NL)
The NS4088 freight wagon was built in 1914, but disappeared without a trace for almost 60 years. During the Second World War, the wagon ended up in Eastern Europe and was left behind there. In 2002, the damaged wagon was found at a remote yard in Bucharest in Romania and brought back to the Netherlands. A freight wagon with an unknown wartime history, but it is certain that these types of wagons were used by the Dutch Railways for the transport of Jews, Roma and Sinti to concentration and extermination camps in Eastern Europe. We were asked by the Railway Museum (het Spoorwegmuseum) to create a concept and a design for a permanent exhibit around this freight wagon about the ‘Transport of Jews in the Second World War’ and the role of the railways.
Dead Sea Scrolls
Drents Museum, Assen (NL)
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was one of the most revolutionary finds of the twentieth century. This exhibition presents a total of sixteen scrolls. 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.
Story of the Totem pole
Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden (NL)
The Story of the Totem Pole is a family-oriented exhibition that focuses on the indigenous inhabitants of the Northwest coast of the United States and Canada. These First Nations have a rich tradition in woodcutting and are famous for their stunning totem poles. An eight-metre-tall tall totem pole was made especially for the exhibition by a group of artists led by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Rande Cook. In addition to this extraordinary totem pole artefacts from international collections as well as the collection of the Museum Volkenkunde Leiden are on display. By means of theatrical installations, stories, interviews and reportage visitors are given an impressive overview of the rich cultures of the First Nations.
Oudeschild, Texel (NL)
Very few people know about Texel’s infamous VOC history. The fleet of the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie’s (United East Indian Company) used to start its journeys to the East from its moorings at the ‘Reede van Texel’ in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At the time Texel was the equivalent to the Netherlands’ Schiphol airport. This special history is being told in KAAP SKIL, museum of beachcombers and sailors. The building, designed by Mecanoo Architects, houses two new exhibitions, a museum café and a shop, all designed by Kossmanndejong.
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (NL)
De Donkere Kamer (The Darkroom) is the first permanent display about Dutch photography history in the Netherlands. A space of 250 m2 in the basement of the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photo Museum) in Rotterdam has been transformed into a special darkroom. Some fifty development trays are basking in red light. A light wall opposite the entrance that contains a timeline looks like a large strip of negatives. In this modern and interactive darkroom the visitor discovers the development and history of over 185 years of Dutch photography through 22 short stories. From daguerrotypes to Polaroid, from stereo photographs to flickr.com.
The Museum of the Canals
Museum of the Canals, Amsterdam (NL)
This exhibition shows why the canals of Amsterdam are so unique and why they are still so alive after 400 years. The experience is situated in an authentic canal house on one of the most beautiful spots of the Amsterdam Canal district. A sequence of five rooms on the first floor takes the visitor on a journey through time.
The Portuguese Synagogue
In the heart of Amsterdam, between Waterloo Square and the Hermitage, an important monument is situated: the Portuguese Synagogue (1675). Ritual objects, seventeenth-century prints, and a UNESCO protected library, Ets Haim – Libraria Montezinos: the Portuguese Synagogue harbours one of the most special Jewish heritage collections in the world. Thus far not all of the annexes of the Portuguese Synagogue were accessible to the public. At the end of 2011, following an extensive restoration, part of these annexes opened to the public and visitors can view the treasures of the Portuguese Jewish community in their natural context.
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
‘De Dood Leeft’ shows how people around the world deal with death. Every day around 155,000 people die across the world. Everyone has to deal with death at some stage in their life. Death Matters shows how people deal with death in different cultures. The exhibition addresses various customs related to death, which say a lot about the way in which people see death and life.
Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
Amsterdam DNA is a stimulating introduction to the city of Amsterdam and its history. At the core of the exhibition are the characteristics for which Amsterdam is known: entrepreneurship, freedom of thought, creativity and citizenship. These reigned in the Golden Age and in the 1970s, while they were suppressed during the French occupation and World War II. Through an interactive game element in this new exhibition, you can discover with which of the four strands in Amsterdam’s DNA you identify most
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Like every religion, Judaism tries to answer questions about the origin, meaning and purpose of life. The Book, the Tenach, or the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) is for Jewish people the guide in studying these topics. Studying its texts is a central part of Jewish life and all Jewish rituals can be traced back to the Book. To emphasize the significance of these texts, De Nieuwe Kerk has been transformed into a landscape of Jewish religious texts. Roaming through this ‘forest’ of texts, the visitor discovers the meaning of Jewish cultural and religious life through objects and stories.
A Monument Filled with Stories
Laurenskerk, Rotterdam (NL)
The Laurenskerk (Church of Saint Lawrence) is the oldest building in the city of Rotterdam. For many citizens of Rotterdam, the church is the symbol of pre-war and post-war Rotterdam. The church was largely destroyed in the Second World War and rebuilt after the war, therefore many of the visual narrative elements have disappeared from the interior. Our task was to bring the stories that are contained within the building to the surface once again.
Out of the Shadows
Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
The overview exhibition ‘Wie niet weg is is gezien’ (Out of the Shadows), was on show at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam from 30 November 2010 until 8 May 2011. The exhibition explored the diversity of Jewish Holland after World War II through images, sound, film fragments, interviews and more.
Florence Nightingale Museum
Florence Nightingale Museum, London (UK)
Florence Nightingale was a living legend. In England she was immensely popular as ‘ The Lady with the Lamp’ – named after the lamp with which she walked her nightly rounds amongst the soldiers wounded in the Crimean War.
Kampen Municipal Museum
Kampen owes its reputation to its history as a hanseatic town and its religious life. But Kampen is a very diverse place and the museum aims to reflect this. An attempt has been made to create a link between past and present and between the town and the museum. In order to achieve this, we have developed a multimedia tour that takes you on a journey through the town’s history, not only indoors but also venturing into the town itself. This makes it the very first museum in the Netherlands to present its cultural heritage in a single program both inside and outside the museum.
The Departure Hall
Historical Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
Kossmanndejong was invited to create an introduction to the total Historical Museum. This introduction is located in the very first room that the visitor to the Amsterdam Historical Museum enters: the Departure Hall.
Visitors Center Veluwezoom
In this information centre, visitors can prepare themselves for a visit to the nearby Veluwezoom National Park.
In a single architectural statement, an abstract tree, all functions of this centre are combined in a newly built corridor which links a number of new and existing barns with each other.
Jewish History in the 20th century
Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
The permanent exhibition about the history of the Jews from 1900 can be seen in the galleries of the New Synagogue. This exhibition is an extension of the exhibition in the Great Synagogue dealing with the history of the Jews in the Netherlands from 1600 to 1900.
Maritime Museum Rotterdam (NL)
In the permanent exhibition of the Maritime Museum, the rhythm of the port of Rotterdam can be felt in the presentation MainPort Live. A journey through time makes the entire history of the port visible. Film images of life in the port can be seen on large screens and an imposing “live” model gives an impression of the modern port area. Maps, sound clips and unique film recordings can be tracked down by the visitors themselves. Thousands of pictures of the port can be looked at using the time navigator in the ‘Control Room’. MainPort Live gives the visitor the opportunity to get to know the world of one of the biggest ports in miniature. The entire Second Maasvlakte can be seen and the ships followed real-time.
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
In the central atrium of the Tropenmuseum, the Lichthal (literally ‘Hall of Light’), we made a spatial installation of 58 bisj poles. These beautifully carved wooden sculptures stretching several metres high are monuments commemorating the dead and play an important role in the bisj ceremony, the ceremony of the Asmat people in Papua New Guinea. The majority of the poles had been lying in various depots in the Netherlands more than 50 years and were brought together one-time-only for this exhibition.
From Cuypers to Coenen
Netherlands Architecture Institute, Maastricht (NL)
This exhibition is a voyage of discovery to the indescribably unique character of architectural culture in South Limburg. The exhibition is located under the magnificent arched roof on the top floor of a former ceramics factory. With the help of 1600 photos of South Limburg, we simulated a virtual hilly landscape. This landscape consists of green hills, white farmhouses, old villages and towns and the typical Maasland architecture of sandstone, marlstone and brick. The exhibition shows how this old cultural landscape has been inundated in recent centuries by a number of modernisation waves. The climax of the presentation is a series of projects by Limburg architects who endeavoured to build a bridge between old and new. Pierre Cuypers, Frits Peutz, Jos Klijnen and Jo Coenen each sought in their own individual way a contemporary interpretation of regional traditions.
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Almost 300 art treasures of the sultans (1400-1800) from the Topkapi Palace and other Istanbul Museums came together in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. As the concept for the exhibition, the client proposed the city of Istanbul. Our task was not to literally make a copy of the whole city. Even more important was to find a place for a Turkisch Muslim City in a Dutch protestant church. The solution lay in Istanbul itself, a city that has always been the connected point between east and west. The Hagia Sophia, originally built as a church and later turned into a mosque, is the example of the coming together of Christian and Muslim elements. The Nieuwe Kerk could certainly be consciously used as a setting.
Plan the Impossible
Nederlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam (NL)
Architect Hendrik Wijdeveld (1885–1987) is considered to be the greatest visionary from Dutch architectural history. Wijdeveld saw the world as one great theatre in which he could stage his dreams. He created a visual spectacle as a contrast to the uninspiring, scientific, modernist urban architecture.
Legacy of The Netherlands
Royal Library, The Hague (NL)
The Legacy of the Netherlands is a joint initiative of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) and the National Archives. The story is told of 1,000 years of Dutch history, language and culture, based around important items from both collections. The exhibition links both the collections and architecture of the two institutions.
Kramer vs Rietveld
SMCS Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
One of the opening exhibitions of the temporary location of the Stedelijk Museum on Oosterdokskade is a magnificent presentation of the museum’s furniture collection. Extensive selections of the work of Piet Kramer and Gerrit Rietveld form the focal point of this overview.
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
Interaction between the public, digital information and tangible works of art plays a central role in Digital Depot. The entire collection is shown on a new digital interface, with different layers of information presented in a didactic but amusing way.
Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
The Israeli Oz Almog painted more than 400 portraits of (well-known) Jews. In these, he literally portrays the many faces of Judaism while at the same time raising the provocative question as to who or what is in fact Jewish.
Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)
A selection of the most beautiful and unique children’s books from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek’s (Royal Library) collection of 125,000 books for children and juveniles.
Las Palmas, Rotterdam (NL)
The interwar period – the period between the two world wars – was a flourishing time for Rotterdam. Thanks to its technology and cultural life, Rotterdam was the most modern city in the Netherlands. The art and culture of the period was the subject of a collective presentation by all the Rotterdam museums. To show the pieces, kept in the different museum depots, and to give a picture of this exeptional period a temporary museum to keep, explain and show the collection was created. Pieces separated more than 60 years ago – such as furniture, clothing and a ship model of the Holland-America line – were reunited again for the exhibition. The commission determined not only the design but also the organization and content of the exhibition.
Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL) / Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL)
A simultaneous exhibition about Van Doesburg (1883–1931), founder of Dutch abstract art and ideas concerning the way art and life could go hand in hand in the new era. Van Doesburg was active in the field of painting, architecture and literature. He was also an important art theoretician. His versatility made him one of the greatest avant-garde artists of the 20th century.
Amsterdam (NL) / Rotterdam (NL)
A world hotel – Hotel Bazar – was designed above the multicultural Bazar restaurant in Rotterdam. Several floors of office space became vacant in this office block dating from the fifties. These could then be transformed into part of the hotel. A different continent was taken as a source of inspiration for each floor. The idea is that the hotel visitor is fully immersed for one night in a totally different ambience than that of daily life. Following the thousand and one nights and South America floors, designed earlier by Kossmanndejong in 2000, the third floor has now been developed with the theme of Africa. Each room represents a different country and a different African culture or tribe. Eleven totally different rooms, freely translated, never literally.
Air / Hoeksche Waard
Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam (NL)
Within the framework of Architecture International Rotterdam (AIR), eight landscape designers from the Netherlands and elsewhere drew up plans for the endangered agricultural and natural area below Rotterdam: the Hoeksche Waard. The plans were presented in the Netherlands Architecture Institute to stimulate a public debate about the future of the area.
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
The bicentenary of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) was celebrated with this spectacular special exhibition. Using bookcases, an amazing ‘city’ was created with 26 constructions, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each of them depicts a fascinating aspect of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library).
The Rebuilding of Rotterdam
Romneyloods, Rotterdam (NL)
The Rebuilding of Rotterdam exhibition was the first joint project of Herman Kossmann and Mark de Jong. In the 120 metre long, tunnel-shaped Romney hangar, a time line was placed along high/low cultural narrative levels, of a specialised or popular nature. Many of what were later to become characteristic features of the Kossmanndejong studio can be seen in this exhibition: the use of different media forms, changing lighting effects and many different layers of information.
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