Buddha’s Life / Het leven van Boeddha – De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

Client: De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
Year: 2018 / 2019
Photography: Fan Liao

The exhibition tells the life story of the Buddha. His life phases (from birth to death) are the story of the exhibition. An important information carrier in the exhibition, designed by Siebe Tettero, are gigantic orange ‘gates’. Those gates, of orange fabric, needed a monumental gesture. Adriaan Mellegers and I have designed a modern version of the Mandala. Mandala is Sanskrit for ‘circle’ and in Buddhism it symbolizes the cosmos. With these circles we have created a grid from which infinite new shapes and patterns can be developed. On one occasion we apply that abstractly, as a new symbol for Birth or Enlightenment. The other time figuratively, by placing an image in it or making tree leaves. All objects in the exhibition have a Sanskrit figure instead of a Latin figure, so that the figures do not act as a disturbing element, but rather as an elegant addition.

With work from (amongst others): Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Alicia Framis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Koos Breukel.

Exhibition design: Siebe Tettero https://tettero.net/about/siebe-tettero/
Graphic design exhibition: Adriaan Mellegers & Vanessa van Dam http://www.adriaanmellegers.com/

Hollandse Meesters – Hermitage Amsterdam

Exhibition ‘Hollandse Meesters’ /
‘Dutch Masters’ in the Hermitage Amsterdam, Oct 2017–May 2018

Graphic design for the exhibition and catalogue.
Exhibition design: Carlo Wijnands
Print: robstolk

For the first time in its existence, the Hermitage Amsterdam is mounting a show of Dutch masters from the renowned St Petersburg collection. The museum showcases one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage: the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting outside the Netherlands. No fewer than 63 works by 50 different artists are being brought to Amsterdam for a unique exhibition that will celebrate the paintings first (brief) ‘home-coming’ in 250 years.

Exhibition Marilyn Monroe, De Nieuwe kerk Amsterdam, 2016

In this biographical exhibition, in the year that she would have turned 90, Marilyn’s world opens up, with the successful, glamorous exterior, the often lonely interior full of setbacks, and her witty, creative and progressive personality.

Curator: Birgit Boelens
Exhibition design: Carlo Wijnands

TU Delft – Rise of a Campus

Client: TU Delft / Jules Schoonman
Year: 2017
Photos: Johannes Schwartz

Design of display case and all graphic & exhibition design for ‘Rise of a campus’ about the history of the TU Delft Campus, 2017
Designed together with: Adriaan Mellegers (http://www.adriaanmellegers.com)

The Rise of a Campus exhibition at the Aula of TU Delft. Using old maps, archival material, instruments, photos and films the exhibition shows how the university campus became what it is today. Rise of a Campus provides a historical overview of the Delft campus. The exhibition also takes a glance into the future. What plans are on the table today for developing the university campus further?

From 2017 onward, in celebration of its 175th anniversary, TU Delft is investing in raising the visibility of its academic heritage by improving the preservation of collections, initiating research projects, and organising presentations on campus in collaboration with students and academic staff.

The Good Cause-Architecture of Peace Pinakothek der Moderne

The Good Cause–Architecture of Peace
Client: Archis / Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany
Curators: Lilet Breddels, Arjen Oosterman and Kai Vöckler
Coproduced by the Architekturmuseum der TU München
Year: 2014

Designed together with Adriaan Mellegers

Architecture of Peace is a long term international research project initiated by the international architecture platform Archis in collaboration with a number of different partners. The exhibition is based on project work carried out over a number of years by a network of architects, urban planners and scholars on the international platform ‘Archis Interventions’, as a response to specific post-conflict situations in war zones and to provide support through active intervention in the rebuilding of cities as a means to ensure peace. War and conflict are a constant across time. To confront this reality, peace missions, rebuilding operations and international laws have been developed as tools to help create stability and peace after conflicts. This is very important, but the road to sustainable peace is arduous and difficult.




The Good Cause-Architecture of Peace, Stroom

The Good Cause–Architecture of Peace
Client: Stroom, The Hague
Curators: Lilet Breddels, Arjen Oosterman
Year: 2014

The Good Cause the result of Architecture of Peace, the longterm research project by Archis into how architecture and design can contribute to a sustainable world peace. The Good Cause addresses the military, political and cultural complexity of rebuilding operations. Can architecture actively contribute to this area of tension? The exhibition shows inspiring, hopeful examples of interventions by architects and city planners in post-conflict areas in South Africa, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestina, Rwanda, Kosovo and distills a number of ‘key factors for success’.

It is with good reason that The Good Cause is shown in The Hague. As the International City of Peace and Justice The Hague plays an important role in conflict prevention and sentencing in conflict situations. The Hague hosts more than 160 institutions, large and small, that concern themselves with (world) peace, justice and security. This not only affects the public image of The Hague all over the world, but also has a great impact on the city itself and on its inhabitants. The impact is shown through maps and films, photographs of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia by Friso Keuris and drawings by Ivan Grubanov.

Designed together with Adriaan Mellegers

The Land of Golden Pyramids, Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i.)

Client: Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i), Rotterdam
november 2008 – february 2009

The Dutch Architecture Institute asked to do the graphic design for ‘Het land van Gouden Piramides’ (The Land of Golden Pyramids) an exhibition about clientship in architecture. They also wanted a free newspaper for the visitors of the exhibition. We decided to put all the text of the exhibition into the newspaper. By hanging each loose-leaf page of the newspaper near a specific project (20 in total) in the exhibition, it also acted as a ‘letterpress’.

Besides text, the 20 projects had to be explained by different ‘icons’ that tell something about the content. When it comes to an architectural assignment, an architect is confronted with different aspects and possible clients, for example ‘municipality’, ‘government’, ‘business’, ‘new development’, etc.
We didn’t want to make literal symbols like small houses or little man, but wanted to translate it in a more abstract way. For every icon we have designed triangles and rectangles that have fixed positions and colors within the grid. By combining different icons there arise endlessly new triangles, rectangles, squares and new colors. It also reminded us of building stones. Because of this ‘self-setup system’, is was a pleasant surprise with each project what forms would arise.

Published in ‘Grafik magazine’, the April issue 2009 (Grafik 172)

Designed with Corine Datema
Curator: Huib Haye van der Werf

Sjaak Langenberg, Museum Jan Cunen

‘Kon ik maar 1:1 een overzichtstentoonstelling van mijn gedachten maken’
Museum Jan Cunen, Oss
Nov 2007 – Feb 2008

15 Different posters in the exhibition ‘Kon ik maar 1:1 een overzichtstentoonstelling van mijn gedachten maken’ (‘If only I could make a 1:1 overview of my thoughts’) about the work of artist Sjaak Langenberg in museum Jan Cunen. Because the art projects of Langenberg are mainly situated in public space, it was difficult to show it in a museum. Therefore I decided to collect all available information of a specific project (pictures, videotapes, newspaper reviews, official letters, etc.) and photographed it full-size (1:1). The title of each project became the title of each poster. Because of the full-size pictures, everything was still legible.

Photos posters: Peter Cox
Link: www.sjaaklangenberg.nl

Pierre Cuypers, Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i.)

‘Architectuur met een missie’ (Architecture with a mission)
Client: Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i), Rotterdam
Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i), Maastricht

Lettering design for two exhibitions ‘Architecture with a mission’ about the architect Cuypers (1827-1921) who is known for his design of the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam.

Designed with Corine Datema
Curator: Linda Vlassenrood
Photos: Suzanne Kole

Architectuur van het stadion, Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i.)

Client: Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i.) & One Architecture (Matthijs Bouw)
designed with goodwill (Will Holder), 2000

106 Free information cards that come with an exhibition in the N.A.i. about the architecture of stadiums.
In the exhibition itself all the text is left out. By walking through the exhibition, you can collect all the 106 cards which give you all the information about models, pictures, etc. The cards have links to each other and explain difficult architectural words for kids. You can experience the exhibition chronological (by collecting card 1 till 106) or by subject (by following the instructions on a card that refers to other cards with the same subject). You can also take the cards home and read it all over again.

Published in: ‘New Design Amsterdam, the edge of graphic design’, Rockport Publishers, 2001

Link: http://www.one-architecture. nl

Architectuur Biënnale, Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i.)

Client: Nederlands Architectuur instituut (N.A.i.) / Kossmann & de Jong
Curator: Francine Houben

Lettering design for the exhibition ‘Mobility, a room with a view’, the first Architecture Biënnale in Rotterdam. In the main hall there was a huge worldmap (designed by NEXT Architects) and every city that was part of the exhibition was connected to this worldmap with a line. Every city had it’s own colour and if you followed the line through the whole room, you could find the huge cityplan, that turned round on a panel. If you kept following the line it would lead you to urban planning maps, models, etc. about the future of mobility in this particular city. The coloured lines and maps where all based on scales; the more you zoomed in on a project, the bigger the scale became.

Link: www.kossmanndejong.nl
Link: www.nextarchitects.com

Forget me not, Van Gogh Museum

Client: Van Gogh Museum

Lettering design for an exhibition about photography and remembrance.
Designed with Corine Datema

Aldo van Eyck, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

‘Ontwerpen voor kinderen’ (Designs for children)
Client: Kossmann & de Jong, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Lettering design for an exhibition about the 730 playgrounds that are designed for Amsterdam between 1947 en 1978 by the famous architect Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999).
His climbing frames have very characteristic forms and I’ve designed an ‘Aldo van Eyck playground’ typeface, based on these forms. The text information was placed on a big blackboard where children could draw on.

Design of exhibition: Kossmann & de Jong
Photos: Gert Jan Kocken

Link: www.kossmanndejong.nl