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
How do we display art? And how do we view it as museum visitors? When visiting an exhibition, we tend to look at the artwork, only subconsciously experiencing the way it is presented. Art on Display 1949-69 focuses on the presentation. For the first time, the exhibition brings together some of the most progressive post-war exhibition designs by architects, based on 1:1 reconstructions – a unique chance to physically experience these radical approaches. Featuring designs by Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck and Alison and Peter Smithson, the exhibition’s spatial design is by architect Jo Taillieu.
Architectures on Display by Barry Bergdoll
From 4 to 15 May 2020, renowned architectural historian Barry Bergdoll led the theory master class of The Berlage, entitled Architectures on Display: On the History and Contemporary Approaches to Exhibiting Architecture. This master class is organised in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre on the occasion of the upcoming exhibition Art on Display 1949–69.
Habitat as Virtual Exhibition
The virtual exhibition Habitat: Expanding Architecture is a spatial model on the basis of the exhibition held at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2018. The Jaap Bakema Study Centre develops curated virtual environments as part of the Museology research project. These spatial models are part of the centre’s research into the virtual museum and its relationship to heritage.
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.