Byblos – The World’s Most Ancient Port

Client: Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Project: Spatial design for temporary exhibition

Byblos is a major exhibition about the world’s most ancient port in Lebanon. Five hundred objects from the collections of various internationally renowned museums are bearing witness to Byblos’ archaeological and cultural richness. The town situated on the coast of present-day Lebanon played an extraordinary role in the Mediterranean and Middle East from 3000 BC, thanks to the trade in cedar wood. The exposition is designed as a pop-up book, featuring a collection of famous tales from antiquity that took place in or near Byblos. The tales are illustrated by Karst-Janneke Rogaar. Gods and inhabitants of Byblos and the cedar trees are cut-out in life-size and bring the city to life.

Graphic design by Kathrin Hero, illustrations by Karst-Janneke Rogaar

Construction by Koert Verberne en Bouwko Landstra, panel production by Heijmerink Wagemakers

Cedar wood scent by the Snifferoo

Photo 4, 6 and 12  by Kathrin Hero, photographs 7, 9, 11, 13-15, 17 by Arie de Leeuw

October 2022 – March 2023

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