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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Very slowly, the new 'inside' of the east wing of Het Loo Palace is becoming visible. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:06 by Robin Schijfs

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Last trip before Corona Lockdown: Usomo from Berlin calibrating their audio tracking system in the Polder of Texel next to the bunker. Torn Island

22.06.2020 at 10:32 by Michel de Vaan

How to become invisible? Prototyping together with WeTheCurious at Bruns Project What If

17.03.2020 at 15:33 by Ina Meininghaus

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Prototyping a rainbow crystal sphere for one of the new exhibit constellations at WeTheCurious. Project What If

12.03.2020 at 09:51 by Ina Meininghaus

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Brainstorm sessions United Arab Emirates Pavilion

10.02.2020 at 14:58 by Alejandra Calderon

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Imagining a new interactive in Al Ain Oasis! House of Artisans

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After life

Death Matters

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.

Location
Amsterdam (NL)
Client
Tropenmuseum
Year
2011
Surface
700 m2
Status
Temporary
Role
Spatial design, Graphic design
Team
Herman Kossmann (lead), Simon Christiaanse, Andreas Tscholl
Production
Tropenmuseum
Exhibition bulding
Kloosterboer Decor
Rigging
Neef Hijstechniek
Textile
Theatex Holland
Lighting design
Tweebeeke Licht / Cue1
Journey along various cultures

In Death Matters visitors will move through a monumental structure in the Light Hall of the Tropenmuseum. Upon entering the exhibition the journey starts along the various stages that those who stay behind go through when someone close to them dies: saying goodbye, mourning, remembrance and – in some cases – making contact with the departed. The exhibition has several layers. The spaces are filled with objects, photographs, films and audio stories. Visitors can thus identify with the experiences of others and consider how they relate to the issue of ‘death’ themselves.

Focus and reflection

Death is an invasive and personal subject. The monumental structure within which the exhibition is presented, separates the visitor from the rest of the museum so they can quietly concentrate on the works on display. The fifteen-metre-tall structure is entirely made out of cotton, referencing the notion of transience. The spaces within the shape are also separated from each other by cotton pieces of fabric of various dimensions and hues, through which various atmospheres have been created within the display. The outer edge of the structure has been laid out as a zone of reflection where visitors can share thoughts and experiences with each other. Here works by contemporary artists which refer to various cultural traditions around death, can also be seen.