Posts Tagged ‘exhibition design’

Paestum – City of Goddesses

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Client: Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Assignment: Spatial design for temporary exhibition

“Paestum, City of Goddesses” celebrates the ancient beauty of Paestum and its goddesses. At the heart of the exhibition is a 90-meter-long sky panorama that showcases the Italian skies in various weather conditions, from the hues of a sunrise to the dramatic clouds of a thunderstorm. This dynamic backdrop serves as a visual metaphor for the passage of time, the cyclical nature of life, and the divine influence that has shaped Paestum’s rich history and culture.

As visitors stroll through the exhibition, they will discover the ancient city of Paestum, once known as Poseidonia, a thriving Greek colony dedicated to the worship of ancient goddesses such as Hera, Athena, and Artemis.

The sky serves as a celestial canvas, reflecting the divine and ethereal qualities associated with these goddesses. Silhouetted against the sky panorama, the pieces of art are shown in their timeless beauty and invite visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s religious practices and enduring legacy.

Graphic design: Kathrin Hero

Construction: Maquette Atelier

Sky print: Watjeziet

Prints: Riwi Collotype

Intro AV: Shosho

Photography Mike Bink

April 25 – August 25 2024

Byblos – The World’s Most Ancient Port

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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

at home with jordaens

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Client: Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

Project: Spatial design for temporary exhibition

Centre piece of the exhibition on the Flemish Baroque painter Jacob Jordaens is the reconstruction of his show room which used to be in his house in Antwerp. For the first time the nine ceiling paintings are shown in Holland in a reconstruction with a temporary twist: Jordaens wanted to overwhelm his clients with a richly decorated room, we added the mirrorfloor for an immersive experience. The mirrorfloor creates a fascinating new perspective on the ceiling paintings and activates visitors immediately to engage with the room and the artworks.

Paintings on loan from Phoebus Foundation, Antwerp

Graphic design by Kathrin Hero, built by Fiction Factory, wall prints by Watjeziet, light by 50lux, art handling by aorta.be

Photography Arie de Leeuw, Anika Ohlerich. last picture Frouke de Leeuw

October 15 2021 – May 8 2022


Cyprus, a dynamic island

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Cyprus, A Dynamic Island

Client: Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Project: Spatial design for temporary exhibition

Cyprus was one of the most important hubs of ancient cultures in the Mediterranean. Thanks to its strategic location, the island has been at the centre of constant movements of people, sovereigns, religions and exchanges of goods. This dynamic scenario takes place in front of a background that always stayed the same: the nature of the island, brilliantly captured by the photography of Natascha Libbert. The combination of photography and archeological collection puts the objects in the context where they come from and shows the timeless beauty of Cypriot art.

Graphic design: Kathrin Hero

Photography: Natascha Libbert, Rob Overmeer, Archetypisch

Built by Fiction factory, graphics by Riwi Collo Type, animations Menno Schrap

slow food

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Client: Mauritshuis, The Hague

Project: Exhibition design of SLOW FOOD, Still Lifes of the Golden Age. The color scheme is inspired by the colors of an artichoke: from darker to lighter green to pink-purple in the heart. The earlier still lifes are hanging on the shades of green, whereas the late monochrome paintings are displayed on purple. The exhibition walls in various heights create intimate cabinets where visitors can zoom in on all the delicacies. The exhibition guide provides deeper information and includes an ingredient list!

March 9 – June 25 2017

Graphic design Kathrin Hero

Construction Fiction Factory, Amsterdam
Lighting Advisor Hans Wolff & Partners, Amsterdam
Print Exhibition Rijnja, Amsterdam
Print Guides Pantheon drukkers, Velsen-Noord

Photography Ivo Hoekstra