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Maatwerk Masswerk – Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands

Exhibition at DAM

Maatwerk Masswerk – Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands

8 October 2016 until 12 February 2017

The ‘Maatwerk Massarbeit. Architektur aus Flandern und den Niederlanden / Custom Made Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands’ exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt uses a selection of scale models to cast light on custom-made work, precision and craftsmanship as an undercurrent in Flemish and Dutch architecture of the last 30 years.
Despite the shared language and the relative cultural familiarity, architects in the Netherlands and Flanders operate in a strikingly different architectural climate and spatial and cultural context. By way of this shared anthology, the organizers hope to prompt a new dialogue between two architecture cultures based on the selected scale models. The exhibition’s curators are Sofie De Caigny of the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi) in Antwerp and Veldwerk Architecten.

On 7 October there will be a symposium to explore the architectural context of Flanders and the Netherlands. Young as well as established architects from Flanders and the Netherlands will present their practices and discuss the architectural culture in which they operate. The symposium is an initiative of Creative Industries Fund NL and the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi).

During the exhibition there will be four dialogues between young and established architects about the recent architectural culture in the Low Countries on the basis of its distinctive qualities. These dialogues are an initiative of Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) in association with the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi). The first and last session will take place at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, the second at HNI in Rotterdam and the third at the VAi in Antwerp.

This exhibition is part of the cultural programme accompanying the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the Netherlands and Flanders are this year’s guest of honour. Creative Industries Fund NL has contributed to the exhibition as well as to the content of the opening programme.

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