Craftsmanship is often associated with a sense of nostalgia, and with the kind of workmanship that has disappeared from contemporary building. But craftsmanship can also be a key to architectural innovation: by combining traditional techniques with new technologies and sustainable solutions, or by reassessing the organization of thought processes and handwork.
The exhibition Ensembles reveals, through various European projects and material from the Architectural Archives of the Province of Antwerp, how the collaboration between designers and makers can lead to new solutions. It is a form of cooperation that enriches all involved: from the architect who feels a renewed appreciation for his profession, to the builder who receives recognition for his craftsmanship.
Ensembles also explores the poetry that can arise out of such collaborations. Architectural situations and objects tell their own story: a collection of window frames born out of a collaboration between architecture students and pupils in vocational training; an installation that exposes the beauty of the welded seam in the fabric of a building; or an object, made by a mason, that shows the infinite number of possibilities for bringing a brick to life.
- Also visit the VAi display case to view the result of a design exercise by textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen. She has devised a new fabric design inspired by the archives of the interior architects Bataille & ibens.
open from Wednesday to Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00 hours and at evening performances, closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays
admission: 5 euros
tickets for sale at the exhibition entrance
vernissage on Thursday 29 Sep 2016 at 8Pm in the Blue Hall
Guided tour on Sunday 11/12/2016 at 14.00. Cost: 5 euro. Reservation is required via email@example.com or + 32 248 28 28. A group tour by appointment is possible, maximum 20 people, 60 euros, book via www.antwerpenaverechts.be
production Flanders Architecture Institute, deSingel International Arts Campus and Architecture Archive Province of Antwerp
curators Christoph Grafe and Bart Tritsmans
scenography Asli Cicek
with the support of Flemisch Govenrment