The exhibition MAATWERK MASSARBEIT. Custom Made Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands shows a selection of approximately sixty architectural models. It places the emphasis on tailored work, precision and craftsmanship as undercurrents in Flemish and Dutch architecture of the past thirty years.
The past thirty years have been crucial years for architecture in the Low Countries, north and south of the border between Belgian Flanders and the Netherlands. While the public image of Dutch architecture has been dominated by the substantial campaigns promoting the ‘Superdutch’, during much of this period Flemish architecture has developed largely out of the limelight and has only more recently attracted the attention of the international media. The presentation of architects from both Flanders and the Netherlands will provide a new perspective on the apparently much more well- known Dutch architecture, and the productive relationships between representatives from these two architectural cultures which are so different and complementary, yet also connected by one language.
The exhibition is part of the cultural programme related to the Frankfurt Book Fair, of which the Netherlands and Flanders are this year’s guests of honour. The curator is Sofie De Caigny (VAi), while Veldwerk Architecten are responsible for not just for the scenography, but also the selection of works from the ‘Wonderkamer’ that shine a spotlight on a young generation of architects.
Maatwerk. Made to measure / Concept and craft in architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands
Flanders Architecture Institute and Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Antwerp 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016, 2–5 p.m., free admission
Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste–Städelschule, auditorium \ Dürerstraße 10, 60596 Frankfurt am Main
production Flanders Architecture Insitute and Deutsches Architekturmuseum
curator Sofie De Caigny
curator Prelude Jantje Engels & Marius Grootveld
scenografie veldwerk architecten
in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL
with the support of the Flemish Government, Creative Industries Fund NL, the General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Germany (Berlin), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Germany (Berlin) and the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour – Flanders & the Netherlands.