NAi, 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.