Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis


The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake for Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef


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


All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma


"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


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


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


Workshop at IJsfontein together with the Museum of the Mind - Work in Progress Museum of the Mind

06.02.2020 at 12:26 by Julia Meyerrose


Typo test for Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

23.01.2020 at 09:19 by Sietske Sips


Julia sketching for the new permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

22.12.2019 at 15:43 by Lieke Ketelaars


Walk-in interactive sound space demonstration by Usomo in our office in Amsterdam... Torn Island

16.12.2019 at 15:10 by Mark de Jong


David Vroom is taking new portrait images for our new website... In progress…

10.12.2019 at 15:10 by Lieke Ketelaars


This is the Introduction pavilion for the Beth Haim cemetery in TAPE Coronel pavilion

10.12.2019 at 10:05 by Herman Kossmann


Doing some research for a new project ;-) In progress…

19.09.2019 at 09:50 by Maaike Sips


Plastic Fantastic: the collection is being installed for the new exhibitions at Naturalis Life

16.08.2019 at 10:29 by Remco Swart


Alejandra trying out the seasonal viewers in The Story of Gardening Museum! The Story of Gardening

10.07.2019 at 11:22 by Elise van Wolfswinkel

On view

Mortal by nature


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.

Leiden, (NL)
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
500 m2
Concept, spatial- and graphic design, art direction
Niels de Jong (lead), Mark de Jong, Remco Swart, Sietske Sips, Martijn Sas, Michel de Vaan, Roel Bolhuis
Light design
Film and animations
Build and realisation
Kloosterboer Decor
An intimate exhibition

What you see affects you very personally. You walk through a labyrinth of matte black steel panels perforated with large holes. Through each different hole you see a quiet, intimate and beautifully lit scene that makes you look at death in a new way. Skin cells dying. A heron choking to death on a fish stuck in its beak. A gorilla looking his own skeleton in the eye. This exhibition shows that death is all around us, all the time.

‘Death’ is a maze to wander through

You turn a corner and stand face to face with a deer that has just been hit. You can light a lamp for someone you’ve lost. Hear the sound of crows everywhere. Ask yourself if it’s normal kill a fly with a fly swatter. A marten becomes a fur coat while maggots, skin beetles, flies, and carrion beetles feast on its rotting carcass. You will encounter death in all its forms.


The cycle of life

You enter a circular space at the heart of the maze to watch a compelling film. Summer becomes autumn. Autumn becomes winter. Winter becomes spring again. This cycle can also be seen in animals that become food for other animals. Leaves turn into humus. You see and feel that death is always the beginning of new life. In actual fact the exhibition really only has one focus: life!