Monday, February 19, 2007

Netherlands - Van Gogh Museum - Van Gogh & The Expressionist Exhibition Entrance

In the photo above you can see the entrance to the Van Gogh & The Expressionists exhibition. The use of the space, the materials (that orange background is actually carpet!) and lighting all combined, give an amazing welcome to the exhibition that unfolds after it. This exhibition, as all temporary ones, is housed in the Exhibition wing of the museum.
The Van Gogh Museum consists of two buildings: the main structure designed by Gerrit Rietveld and opened in 1973, and the Exhibition Wing by Kisho Kurokawa completed in 1999. Apart from these two architects, several others (like Martien Van Goor) have contributed to finishing, rebuilding or remodelling parts of both buildings.
The Exhibition Wing was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, a Japanese architect best known for his original designs for several Japanese museums and for Kuala Lumpur airport. His work is characterised by geometrical forms, such as cones, ellipses and squares, and a symbiosis between Eastern and Western principles in philosophy and architecture. His sober design fits perfectly with the existing building. Western geometry forms a symbiosis with Eastern asymmetry.

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