Until 1 September the exhibition Een Huis voor de Geest (A House for the Mind) is on showcase in Doornburgh, The Netherlands. It explores the work of two leading architects from the Bossche School: Dom Hans van der Laan and Jan de Jong. The priory at Doornburgh is an impressive example of this architectural movement and thus forms an exceptional setting for this exhibition.
Curator and expert Caroline Voet says: “This outstanding architecture deserves more attention. In addition to providing deeper insights into the work, the exhibition also offers a unique opportunity to experience a building in this architectural style.” The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Flanders Architecture Institute and Het Nieuwe Instituut.
A House for the Mind includes original models, furniture and sketches by Dom Hans van der Laan and Jan de Jong. Many pieces from Jan de Jong's private archive and from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut have never previously been exhibited. The Canonesses Regular of the Holy Sepulchre (CRSS) lived at the Doornburgh Priory in Maarssen between 1966 and 2016. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see an architectural exhibition of this kind within the context of a building from the Bossche School.
The exhibition has been curated by Caroline Voet, architect and authority in the field of Dom van der Laan. In 2017 she was author and curator of the publication and exhibition, both productions of the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi/deSingel) in Antwerp.