The exhibition The House of the Explorer immerses you into a myriad of fascinations from the oeuvre of the Antwerp-based design bureau Bovenbouw Architectuur. A world of paper, cardboard and models becomes the visualisation of the architect’s longing to shape his own universe.
Under the direction of architect Dirk Somers, Bovenbouw’s team of eighteen staff creates a colourful oeuvre of highly diverse buildings. Their work thrives on the tension between thought and action, between the present and the past, and between exoticism and the everyday. In The House of the Explorer, they present a visual and sensory experience instead of a thematic or chronological story. A quick glance draws you into a parallel universe full of surprises, both big and small. For the attentive viewer, it is a voyage of discovery through the many layers of history, connections and references that characterise Bovenbouw’s work.
One obvious element is missing from the exhibition: photographs of buildings. This need is met by the book Bovenbouw Architectuur. Living the Exotic Everyday. The publication provides the photographic interpretation that is banished from the exhibition. In addition to a wealth of visual material, a number of essays identify the synergies between Bovenbouw’s multifaceted oeuvre and the architects’ wide-ranging passions.
Bovenbouw has already exhibited work in Venice, Munich, Frankfurt, Ghent, Mendrisio and Antwerp.
Vernissage on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 8pm in deSingel (Antwerp)
- Welcome - Sofie De Caigny (director Flanders Architecture Institute)
- The House of the Explorer - Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architectuur)
- Christophe Van Gerrewey (writer & architecture critic)
- Philip Christou (Florian Beigel Architects / London Metropolitan University)
- Sereh Mandias (architecture critic)
Expo deSingel International Arts Campus
From Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 7pm and during evening performances until 10pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Open on holidays.
Production Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel
Scenography Bovenbouw Architectuur
With the support of the Flemish Government