Scenography: 800 years of Crosiers / HMGB Architects

Scenography: 800 years of Crosiers / HMGB Architects

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Text description provided by the architects. Berlin firm HMGB Architects designed the architecture for the ‘800 Years of Crosier’ exhibition at the Bentlage Monastery Museum in Rheine, Germany

The Crosiers are a Roman Catholic religious order, and Bentlage was one of its monasteries.

© Christoph Rokitta
© Christoph Rokitta

The design challenge was three-fold: finding a contemporary design language to display century-old artifacts in equally ancient spaces, grouping the many and very diverse exhibits into thematic units, and creating a spatial narrative consistent with the curators’ intentions.

The design consists of a family of custom-built display cases that are combined in varying configurations and form “cabinet sculptures”. They inhabit a wide variety of exhibition spaces that range from cells of Spartan monks to large and grandiose assembly halls. Their shape, color and layout respond to the qualities of the different rooms and create a spatial narrative that guides visitors.

Where the exhibition calls for rest and contemplation, the ‘cabinet sculptures’ act as furniture providing them.

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