Exhibition | As Found: Experiments in Preservation

Image: Façade of the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. Photographer: Luis Bartolomé Marcos. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: Les bâtiments du FRAC Nord Pas de Calais (réhabilitation d’un hangar des anciens chantiers navals et construction récente : Lacaton et Vassal 2013). Photographer: bpmm. Source: Flickr. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The exhibition As Found focuses on the new relationship between contemporary design and heritage. Using experimental, groundbreaking, (inter)national examples, the exhibition explores the different positions that contemporary designers adopt in relation to existing buildings.

From 6th September 2023 until 17th March 2024, the VAi/Flanders Architecture Institute and De Singel present the exhibition As Found: Experiments in Preservation at De Singel International Arts Centre in Antwerp, Belgium.
Seven experimental approaches to intervening in existing buildings and spaces are identified and deliberately named in clear spatial terms: ensemble, void, reconfiguration, inside out, traces, mirror and nuance.
Seven projects of transformation realised by architects from Flanders and Brussels are each narrated through the lens of a particular experiment:

These projects play the main role in the exhibition, accompanied by a visual cloud of reference projects. Together they show how similar experiments have been carried out in the past or are being implemented internationally today.

The exhibition design by FELT architecture & design follows the principles of the exhibition and explores the potentials of this exhibition hall in its ‘as found’ state. By using the existing wooden floor planks and the suspended ceiling panels in the hall, they create the corridors for the seven experiments.

Practical information:

  • DATE: 06/09/2023 – 17.03.2024
  • LOCATION: De Singel (Expo)
  • ADDRESS: Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium
  • CURATORS: Sofie De Caigny, Hülya Ertas, Bie Plevoets
  • SCENOGRAPHY: FELT architecture & design
  • PRODUCTION: Flanders Architecture Institute and De Singel
  • WITH THE SUPPORT OF: the Flemish Community

For more information see the website of the Flanders Architecture Institute: https://www.vai.be/en/agenda-expos-en-programma/as-found

(Text credit: VAi/Flanders Architecture Institute)

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