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Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi

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The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

Work in progress for Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Paleis Het Loo

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Very slowly, the new 'inside' of the east wing of Het Loo Palace is becoming visible. Paleis Het Loo

22.06.2020 at 14:06 by Robin Schijfs

On view

Mortal by nature

Death

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (NL)

Nine new exhibitions can be found in the new Naturalis building, two of which we have designed: the introduction room Life and the exhibition Death. On the top floor – where your visit ends – we have created a special exhibition about a subject that affects us all: death. We want to show that death is an inevitable part of the cycle of life, and of the seasons. As such we designed the exhibition in a poetic, friendly, and accessible way.

Location
Leiden (NL)
Client
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Year
2019
Surface
500 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, spatial design, graphic design, art direction
Team
Niels de Jong (lead), Mark de Jong, Remco Swart, Sietske Sips, Martijn Sas, Michel de Vaan, Roel Bolhuis
Construction
Kloosterboer Decor
Light design
HeinzLoopstra
Film, animation
Shosho
An intimate exhibition

What you see affects you very personally. You walk through a labyrinth of matte black steel panels perforated with large holes. Through each different hole you see a quiet, intimate and beautifully lit scene that makes you look at death in a new way. Skin cells dying. A heron choking to death on a fish stuck in its beak. A gorilla looking his own skeleton in the eye. This exhibition shows that death is all around us, all the time.

Death is a maze to wander through

You turn a corner and stand face to face with a deer that has just been hit. You can light a lamp for someone you’ve lost. Hear the sound of crows everywhere. Ask yourself if it’s normal kill a fly with a fly swatter. A marten becomes a fur coat while maggots, skin beetles, flies, and carrion beetles feast on its rotting carcass. You will encounter death in all its forms.

 

The cycle of life

You enter a circular space at the heart of the maze to watch a compelling film. Summer becomes autumn. Autumn becomes winter. Winter becomes spring again. This cycle can also be seen in animals that become food for other animals. Leaves turn into humus. You see and feel that death is always the beginning of new life. In actual fact the exhibition really only has one focus: life!

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Awards

European Museum of the Year Award 2021

Winner