In architecture a model or maquette is a tangible representation of a building project. Scale models are useful in the design process, for pitching the concept to the client, facilitating discussion about urban renewal projects, entering major design competitions and, last but not least, displaying in museums and exhibitions.
These models often disappear from view once the projects they were made for have been completed. And yet they are so fascinating that we can go on looking at them and with time they become even more relevant.
People are enthralled by a world in miniature. Even as children we love scale models. Mini works – it is the very essence of most toys. Think of LEGO, Matchbox and dolls’ houses. And we’ve all bought a mini-Eiffel Tower or Atomium as a souvenir, haven’t we?
This STAM exhibition approaches models as the fascinating objects they are. The (building) project is visualized, but the focus is on the model itself. Models. Imagining to scale shows who the models were made for, who built them, how they were used and why they were kept.
Models are nothing short of amazing. They open up the world and even worlds which don’t, don’t yet or no longer exist.
With work by (among others) Antonio Chichi, Coussée & Goris Architecten, Lieven Cruyl, Geert De Groote Architecten, Luc Deleu, Toyo Ito, Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Ney & Partners, Pieter Pourbus, Robbrecht en Daem architecten – Marie-José Van Hee Architecten, Philippe Samyn and Partners, Henry van de Velde, Theo van Doesburg and Georges Vantongerloo, plus an installation by Edwin Zwakman.
STAM turned ten last year... time for a make-over for the permanent exhibition! Since the end of 2020 you can stroll through the new Story of Ghent.
Feel free to touch! A fun children’s trail that leads through every room in the museum. Children become merchants, craftspeople, architects or city trippers and participate in city life. They sell cloth, make coats of arms, face façades and work out routes.
We recognize people by their silhouette, cities by their skyline. This exhibition challenges our often all too cursory glance at a city. STAM, in association with Museum Rotterdam.
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