The combination of archival research and public presentation naturally leads to explorations of, and reflections on, questions of museology. Public presentation can assume all kind of formats, but within museological practice the exhibition counts as the most important vehicle for exhibiting historical material to a wide audience.
Exhibitions have the power to frame the architectural discourse by exploring the larger cultural conditions that shape the discipline. In the same way as a world fair communicates a global condition, an exhibition of architectural drawings communicates the existence of archives and their institutional memory. International biennales often propose yet another kind of format: the exhibition as a platform for research. Archive, research, exhibition and the audience are interconnected in the production of new knowledge and values.
From the analysis of historical materials to speculations about the future, what sort of knowledge production is constituted by architectural exhibitions? Where – and who – is the audience? And what does turning an exhibition into a platform for research tell us about the state of the discipline and where it is headed? The Jaap Bakema Study Centre probes these questions in various settings, often in collaboration with international partners.
Art on Display 1949-69
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon
Art on Display 1949-69 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is the result of a partnership between Het Nieuwe Instituut/Jaap Bakema Study Centre and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. The exhibition investigates the relation between art, architecture and public by focusing on art exhibitions designed by architects. Art on Display 1949-69 will be on show in Lisbon until March 2020, after which it will get a follow-up at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Encounters in the Museum
In the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, Dirk van den Heuvel is tutoring the seminar series Encounters in the Museum for post-master students at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design. The seminar revisits the creative nexus architecture-art by investigating a handful of art exhibitions designed by architects for the display of avant-garde works and permanent collections from the postwar years 1949-69.
Research On Display
For its second annual conference The Jaap Bakema Study Centre wanted to take a closer look at the relationship between research and the exhibition medium. Curators, researchers and designers from various international institutes discussed the way knowledge production, innovation and exhibition design are interrelated.
Maarten Gielen / Conference Research on Display
Maarten Gielens' lecture was the closing event of the two-day conference 'Research on Display. The Architecture Exhibition as a Model for Knowledge Production' organised by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre together with TU Delft.
Volume #44, July 2015
This insert presents documentation compiled by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre as a reflection upon the installations by Andreas Angelidakis and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut as part of its exhibition programme in 2015. With contributions by Floor van Ast, Guus Beumer, Dirk van den Heuvel, Marten Kuijpers, Andreas Angelidakis, Petra Blaisse, Hetty Berens, and Patrick Healy.