12 May 2016
In this newsletter: Step into the world of ECCO // 'Living in the Amsterdam School' is open! // Successful first project in Abu Dhabi // Micropia most innovative museum in Europe // Kossmann.dejong designs Parade Museum // 'Canon of Dutch History', an enormous time machine // Dead giraffe calf in Micropia
ECCO exhibition, photo Thijs Wolzak
Step into the world of ECCO
To introduce the over fifty-year-old family company, Kossmann.dejong has designed a special, interactive presentation for the Danish shoe company ECCO, in which ECCO’s history is brought to life and visitors are immersed in the art of shoemaking. An immersive space, with walls and ceiling completely made out of leather, in which interaction is used to allow the visitor to experience the whole production process for themselves.
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'Living in the Amsterdam School' is open!
Great reviews in newspapers, magazines, and on social media and blogs, an item in the popular Dutch TV programme De Wereld Draait Door, while the catalogue was featured in the window of the Amsterdam book shop Athenaeum: the exhibition and catalogue ‘Living in the Amsterdam School’, both designed by Kossmann.dejong for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, have attracted a lot of attention since the opening in April.
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Qasr Al Hosn - Black box, photo Kossmann.dejong
Successful first project in Abu Dhabi
Kossmann.dejong has designed two exhibitions for the majestic Cultural Foundation Building for the annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi. In one exhibition the visitor enters a mysterious black box containing a spatial installation of synchronised video projections, in which the stories behind five iconic historical photographs are brought to life. The other exhibition is designed like a labyrinthine journey of discovery, representing the most important city archives of Abu Dhabi.
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Micropia most innovative museum
The jury of the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) has selected Micropia for the Kenneth Hudson Award, the prize for Europe’s most innovative museum. “This unique and original museum presents, in an elegant and engaging exhibition, the world of microbial life. Micropia lifts the notion of what a museum is to another level,” according to the jury. Additionally, the National Military Museum in Soesterberg acquired a special commendation from the EMYA jury.
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Kossmann.dejong designs Parade Museum
This year will see the launch of a new experience at the travelling theatre festival ‘the Parade’: the Parade Museum. The Dutch Photo Museum will be the first to inhabit this temporary museum, and has invited Kossmann.dejong to design an ‘exhibition’ of Ed van der Elsken’s photo book Eye Love You. Visitors will be immersed in a compelling show of images that convey happiness, sadness, courage, battle, fights, and vitality.
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'Canon of Dutch History', an enormous time machine
Last April the draft design for the ‘Canon of Dutch History’ was presented at the Holland Open Air Museum in Arnhem. Together with interactive designer IJsfontein and animation studio Redrum, Kossmann.dejong has designed the exhibition as if it is an enormous time machine. The ‘Canon of Dutch History’ will open in 2017 in the museum’s new entrance building, but Redrum has already created a video impression.

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Dead giraffe calf in Micropia
An intriguing new exhibit called ‘Crucial cleaners’ has been added to Micropia. The display of a dead, suggestive animal had been considered prior to the opening of Micropia. A three day old giraffe, died a natural death in Artis Natura Magistra, has now become the eye-catcher to highlight the essential role of microbes in cleaning up nature.

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