In 1977, the architect and monk Dom Hans van der Laan published his treatise Architectonic Space, Fifteen Lessons on the Disposition of the Human Habitat. This is a theory that seeks to capture the essence of spatial experience as a foundation for the design process. The exhibition A House for the Mind goes in search of the tangible world around Van der Laan’s philosophy. Architectonic Space, which up to now has been a hermetic work, will on this one occasion be thrown open, exposing the past to the future.
©Coen van der Heiden
Whilst he was writing his treatise, Van der Laan was building Roosenberg Abbey in Waasmunster. In this project, he intuitively worked with concepts such as ‘proximity’ and ‘superposition’ as spatial gestures for stillness and spirituality on the one hand, and intensity of encounter on the other. As well as original drawings and models, A House for the Mind will present fresh analyses by academics and artists on teaching material, furniture, tableware, clothing and typography by Van der Laan. These are the silent witnesses to a sojourn at the abbey.
©Coen van der Heiden
In addition to his strict idea of proportion, Van der Laan also believed in creating a certain atmosphere. For this reason, the exhibition makes room for three artists whose art refers to the tactile nature of his work. The German photographer Friederike Von Rauch exhibits a series of photos that she made while staying in Roosenberg Abbey. Ingel Vaikla, a film-maker from Estonia, displays a moving portrait of the nuns during their final days in Roosenberg. And Esther Venrooy, a Dutch sound artist, developed a soundscape representing life in the abbey.
Thu 12 Oct 2017, 8 pm, Blue Hall deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp (Belgium)
free, but registration is obliged
- Film by Ingel Vaikla
- Presentation A House for the Mind by curator Caroline Voet
- Carl Bourgeois, vice dean Faculty of Architecture KU Leuven about Roosenberg Abbey
- Visit exhibition and reception
open from Wednesday to Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00 hours and at evening performances, closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays
admission: 5 euros (-19y free)
(combiticket Drawing ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association)
tickets for sale at the exhibition entrance
On the occasion of the exhibition, a book is being published, titled Dom Hans van der Laan. A House for the Mind. More information
Production Flanders Architecture Institute, deSingel International Arts Campus & KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture and Luca School of Arts
Curator Caroline Voet
Scenography Voet en De Brabandere