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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 for 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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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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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

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Typo test for Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

23.01.2020 at 09:19 by Sietske Sips

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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

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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

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

10.12.2019 at 15:10 by Lieke Ketelaars

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

10.12.2019 at 10:05 by Herman Kossmann

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

19.09.2019 at 09:50 by Maaike Sips

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

16.08.2019 at 10:29 by Remco Swart

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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

Talking Objects

Things that Matter

Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)

Located in the vast central hall of the Tropenmuseum ‘Things That Matter’ is a permanent exhibition about important things and the importance of things; objects of great personal significance that are, at the same time, closely linked to contemporary social issues such as migration and ancestry. Objects from the museum’s collection are displayed according to ten questions. For each question someone – from the Netherlands or far beyond – shares his or her personal story. For example, Jörgen Raymann discusses the different religions within his family and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner expresses her concerns about rising sea levels and how it will affect her culture.

Location
Amsterdam (NL)
Client
Tropenmuseum
Year
2018
Surface
900 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, Spatial design, Graphic design, Art direction
Team
Wendy Snoek (lead), Herman Kossmann, Robin Schijfs, Matt Vermeulen
Light design
HeinzLoopstra
Construction
Kloosterboer Decor, VHS b.v., Com Creative
Portrait photography
David Vroom
Interactives
Studio Louter, YiPP
Architecture of the Central Hall

The central hall needed to remain accessible for other activities such as openings and events. There was also the ambition to restore the original architecture of the 19th century building. As such, our design leaves the large central space open and removes all the panels in front of the windows to bring daylight back into the hall. The monumental bisj poles from Papua New Guinea can only be shown here in the central hall due to their large size (some are up to five meters long). We mounted them at an elevated position on the columns at the base of the large arches where they now give the hall a magical feel.

Different worlds

Under the existing arcades on both sides of the hall, we have designed different sized installations housed inside freestanding boxes. When you enter inside each box, it feels like a different world, each with a different atmosphere, setting, and collection, and a new encounter with a person and his or her story. On the outside are illuminated oversized photographs of different Dutch people; you can listen to their stories about the same subject.

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What do you believe in?

For many people the interpretation of their faith is a personal matter. They decide themselves which religions they want to ‘borrow’ elements from. In search of profoundness, connection, and inspiration, more and more people combine elements from different spiritual traditions. As such rituals are more important than dogmas. Here Jörgen Raymann talks about different religions within his family.

When is culture yours?

Here you will find many examples of cultural appropriation. It’s about borrowing elements from another culture such as symbols, clothing, hairstyles, dance, music or language for your own purposes or profit. Give your opinion about instances of cultural appropriation that have sparked debate.

How do you create new life?

Doctors and specialists are increasingly skilled at solving fertility issues. Yet not everyone who wishes to have children succeeds. That is why there are rituals, customs, and objects all over the world to help create new life.