Cabinet of curiosities

Cabinet of curiosities

KNAW | Society of Arts Amsterdam

The KNAW, the Akademie van Kunsten in cooperation with Studio Makkink & Bey opened an exhibition dedicated to water in all its facets. Until July 2023 this exhibition will function as the setting for a series of roundtable discussions with artists, scientists and designers. On selected days the exhibition will be open for guided visits.

The exhibition

The WaterSchool exhibition by Studio Makkink & Bey is inspired by “cabinets of curiosities”. Precursors of modern day museums, these cabinets of curiosities arose from collectors gathering objects and artifacts from many strands of artistic, scientific and intellectual endeavor in order to display them side by side ignorant of any categorization or classification. Interactive and hands-on in nature, these collections actively invited exploration and curiosity, whilst simultaneously serving to tell a particular story about the world and its history as imagined by their collector.

Continuing this tradition, the WaterSchool exhibition at the Trippenhuis presents a selection of works by invited artists and designers united within the speculative framework of the WaterSchool. Within the exhibition, these serve as conversation starters, in order to instigate discussions on how dwelling, living and working could be rethought and even redesigned bearing water and its impact in mind.

On Monday 14 November Jurgen Bey, member of the Society of Arts (Akademie van Kunsten), gave an introduction on the WaterSchool and invited the audience for a first visit to the Cabinet of Curiosities.

image by Nai-Dan Chang

Guided visits

On selected days the exhibition is open for the public. Visitors can join one of the guided visits by one of the designers/artists involved. The guided visits in the Trippenhuis will be in English on the following dates:

12 December 2022 at 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
16 January 2022 at 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
13 February 2023 at 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
13 March 2023 at 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
17 April at 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
15 May 2023 at 1.30 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

The amount of visitors is limited. Registration is required.
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