This exhibition takes the garden as a starting point, because it’s a place where man’s desire to control nature clashes with the fact that we are fascinated by wild and unspoilt nature. Free of charge on Thursday nights from 17.00 – 21.00 hrs! A few highlights are:
The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017
This exhibition by architecture theorist Mark Wigley explores 130 years of antenna architecture. Architects refused to yield and engaged with this thinnest, least visible part of a building that actually has the greatest effect on architecture – the disobedient architecture behind the architecture. The exhibition links insects, with their antennae to negotiate the world and interact with each other, to modern humans, who since the invention of the radio antenna at the end of the nineteenth century have actually become insects themselves.
The exhibition Gardening Mars presents many tools and objects that are used on planet earth to simulate and imagine life on Mars. Gardening Mars is about the ‘terraforming’ Mars, in other words: transforming Mars into an environment that is suitable for earthly life.
This exhibition contains a pavilion presenting a selection from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut. They include designs for country houses and holiday parks by Van den Broek & Bakema, Hendrik Wijdeveld, Piet Blom, Gerrit Rietveld and Auke Komter. These designs reveal our ambivalent relationship with nature: from immersion in and the subjugation of the landscape to the pursuit of sustainability and optimisation.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11.00 – 17.00 hrs
Thursday: 11.00 – 21.00 hrs
Friday and Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00 hrs
Photo: Frank Bruggeman.