Rhizome – BWH 2.0Burgerweeshuis Amsterdam
Cityscapes Foundation kicks off 2017 with a grand artshow in one of the most famous products of Dutch Modern Architecture! The exhibition RHIZOME: BWH 2.0 focusses on the particularities of the BURGERWEESHUIS and its creator Aldo van Eyck. The structure and idea of the building as well as its ‘pre-renovation’ status call for a special approach to the exhibition, focussing on spatial works with a certain ‘robustness’ regarding both space and circumstances!
- Architect Herman Herzberger: the ‘Eminence Grise’ of Dutch Architecture, was closely involved in the conception of the Burgerweeshuis. Herzberger and van Eyck were editor of the influential Forum Magazine (1959-1964), who formulated ‘het verhaal van een andere gedachte’ expressed in the Burgerweeshuis and divers ‘Structuralist’ buildings by Hertzberger like Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn. Since1959 Hertzberger runs the highly productive architectural studio ‘AHH’.
- Art Historian Aart Oxenaar: studied Art-history and Archeology at the University of Amsterdam. From 1998 to 2014 he was director of Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and is Director of Monuments and Archeology Amsterdam since 2015. Oxenaar has a genuine fascination for the Burgerweeshuis and its creator Aldo van Eyck.
- Artist Edwin Zwakman: fascinated by structuralism as a response to modernism with its influence on the babyboom generation, Zwakman currently works on a monument ‘Structural Ruin‘ that will be build near Nijmegen this year. ‘RHIZOME: BWH 2.0’ shows an installation with the model and video of this monumental art work.
GETTING THERE: The Burgerweeshuis is located along the Amstelveense weg, between Olympisch Stadion and Ring A10. With public transport: Metro 50, Stop Amsteveenseweg and tram 16, stop Stadionplein.