INFINITE SCENES

  • Fries Museum
  • Leeuwarden
  • NL
  • 2016
  • i.c.w. Michaël Snitker (graphic design)
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Exhibition design for Alma-Tadema, klassieke verleiding (classical charm) in the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden: an extensive exhibition about the work, life and influence of the painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) who grew up in Friesland, studied painting at the Academy of Arts in Antwerp and went to London to become one of the most renowned artists of his time. The exhibition presents how his painted scenes of ancient Rome have had an in several cases surprisingly direct influence on the set-design of seminal Hollywood films from Ben-Hur to Gladiator and how they consequently have thoroughly defined our present image of classical antiquity.

The exhibition design focuses on the special notion of space that characterises the composition of the paintings of Alma-Tadema, deliberately relating the enclosed and intimate space of the scene to the open and apparently infinite space of the outside world. By im- and explicitly pairing inside and outside, open and closed, near and far, the spaciousness of each image unmistakably generates the specific and ambiguous spatial feeling of classic Modernity.

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