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After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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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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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

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

10.02.2020 at 14:46 by Alejandra Calderon

Meet Mary

Mary

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.

Location
Utrecht (NL)
Client
Museum Catharijneconvent
Year
2017
Surface
800 m2
Status
Temporary
Role
Concept, Spatial design, Graphic design
Team
Martin Saemmer (lead), Herman Kossmann, Sietske Sips, Robert van der Linde
Light design
Rapenburg Plaza
Film
Mitchel Tan & Metropolis Film
Realisation
Planemos
An all-encompassing experience

The life story of Mary is extensive and her representations in art are limitless. To showcase this diversity yet still maintain cohesion, we designed the exhibition as a chronological narration of her life in the long corridors of the cloister. In the surrounding rooms six different themes elaborate her story, such as Primal mothers and goddesses, Devotion and Mary in contemporary art. Each different realm is created using a dynamic combination of audiovisual media, colour, light and sound. In one space visitors imagine themselves between pilgrims through life-size wall projections and accompanying singing of Mary processions, while the resonance of the Hail Mary in a room filled with prayer benches stirs up a feeling of devotion.

A multisensory journey

The symbolism of Mary is clearly visible and tangible throughout the exhibition. At the introduction in the stairwell that leads to the exhibition on the first floor, Mary – shown in Ascension – leads visitors to higher spheres. The main exhibition space is bathed in beautifully coloured light, filtered by film on the windows, and when paired with different soundscapes, this creates an atmosphere that tickles the senses. The aim was to create a dynamic interplay between old and new: historic icons, paintings and Pietà figures are juxtaposed with contemporary interpretations of Mary, for example, from tattoos, video installations and the internet. Film clips featuring personal stories and experiences from varying Dutch personalities also show the human side of Mary.

“You can see all different sides of Mary. There are so many stories…”

Netty de Jong-Dorland

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