Dom Hans Van der Laan. A house for the mind.

Press release

The exhibition A House for the Mind explores the tangible world surrounding the philosophy of the Dutch architect-monk Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991). The Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel are opening up the theories and work of Van der Laan from the past to the future. (from 13/10/2017 to 14/01/2018 in deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp)

Architecture for eternity. In addition to four monasteries and one house, the Dutchman Dom Hans van der Laan is famous for his architectural theory, which still resonates with architects around the world. ‘A House for the Mind’ creates a tangible link between Van der Laan’s theory and practice for a wider audience.

‘Van der Laan’s pure architecture refuses to be thrown off balance by historical developments.’

- architecture critic Geert Bekaert

After thirty years, the most famous clerical architect is again the focus of an exhibition at deSingel. And according to Christoph Grafe, director of the Flanders Architecture Institute, there is an important reason for this: “Van der Laan’s architecture is an inextricable part of our collective memory. Time to shine the spotlight on it again."