Exploded View exhibition

Exhibition about artistic research in a park
in and outside het Glazen Huis, 26 July – 20 September  2020

With: Krijn Christiaansen & Cathelijne Montens (KCCM), Barbara Neves Altes, Jacqueline Heerema , Jasper Coppes, Pavèl van Houten, Eline Kersten, Birthe Leemeijer, Wouter Osterholt, de Onkruidenier (Ronald Boer & Jonmar van Vlijmen)

The exhibition Exploded View shows the results  of a year long research of 12 artists and (landscape)designers to the Amstelpark between October 2018 and September 2019. This took place around various expert meeting together with researchers of CLUE+, policy makers and local knowledge in which urban landscapes in transition were being viewed from the perspective of their heritage. The goal is to develop new perspectives and visions on the park within a contemporary urban context. In september 2019 the results of the research phase were presented during these Park Explorations.

Exploded View (project website:www.explodedview.net) is an exchange between the Amstelpark in Amsterdam with the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica in Rome and was established in collaboration with  curator Krien Clevis and the Interfacultair Research Institute CLUE+ (Cultural Landscapes and Urban Environment) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The interdisciplinary research into the Amstelpark resulted in concrete proposals for art projects which will be realised for an exhibition and diverse public program in het Glazen Huis and various locations outside of the park in the summer of 2020. At a later date (probably early 2021) presentations will be held in Arti et Amicitiae and the Allard Pierson.


Participating Projects

De Onkruidenier Garden Sociology, Lexicon of an unknown landscape
In this project de Onkruidenier explores the Heemtuin area in Amstelpark for miniature forests that have stayed undeveloped as a result of human intervention with the aim to generate stories and a vocabulary for a new landscape that describes human-nature relations. They first will present the tree stumps in the Orangerie where they will install an oven to create a series of ceramic bowls, on which half way the exhibition the trees will be placed in the same meadows where they were originally unearthed.



Eline Kersten, Flora of the Colosseum

Eline Kersten revives the lost vegetation of the 18th century Colosseum in Rome by using light and morse code and making visible and audible all the plant names in an installation in the Roman Pavillion in the Amstelpark and het Glazen Huis.



Krijn Christiaansen & Cathelijne Montens (KCCM), Floriade Whisperings

KCCM develops 5 radio plays that bring the park’s past to life from the memory of a selection of plants. The park’s history and memory are viewed from a different, non-human perspective by the residents of the park itself. The archive and location research that forms the basis of these sound works in development will be presented during the exhibition in the Glass House. The five radio plays are partly the reason for a workshop that KCCM gives during Expeditie Amstelpark aimed at young people up to the age of 23.



Jasper Coppes, Wasteland

Jasper creates a sound piece opposite het Glazen Huis in the entrance to the Heemtuin that introduces voices of alien species such as the Greenlandic raven and sled dog, adding to the exotic nationalistic basis of this Floriade park. Introducing these creatures to the park can make us aware of the presence of non-human entities that have become vulnerable in the drama of global ecological collapse.
Jasper will also work on a new film as part of Exploded View exhibition. The production of the film will be part of Expeditie Amstelpark and he invites young people up to 23 to join his 2-day workshop.



Pavel van Houten, Parco Pieta

 This video installation in the back space of het Glazen Huis shows a sequency of hands involved in taking care of the Amstelpark as well as the Parco via Appia Antica. The piece contemplates on the effort and failure of preservation and how this is practiced through  caring hands that resembles the “Pieta” of Michelangelo.



Birthe Leemeijer

Birthe’s explorations started from a letter she wrote to the popular biologist Stefano Marcuso. Birthe tried to repeat the photographic experiments of Wager –which Marcuso refers to in one of his publication –  with epidermic cells in which Wager suppsedly proved in the early 20th century his hypothesis that plants also use the sense of sight to observe the world. Her photographic and research material will be  shown in and on the Orangerie.



Breath of Soil(s), Jacqueline Heerema

Researching the geological layers of the Amstelpark Jacqueline explores the internal life of soil in an installation in het Glazen Huis which includes material from 10 meter deep drilling samples that were done last year in the Land van Wording (a part of ‘original’land from before the Floriade) in the Amstelpark. She evokes an imagination how a more affectionate relation with soil can evolve through  awareness of a living and breathing earth.



Barbara Neves Alves, A Fine LIne

Barbara’s research and interventions over the last year in the process of maintenance of the Amstelpark by marking three areas that were left untouched by the gardeners, questions the tensions between change and preservation and our ‘civilized’ view of nature. It will result in a book with photo documentation and texts.



Wouter Osterholt, Supertuin der Cultuurbarbaren

Wouter, noticing the lack of any sign of the  rising environmental consciousness in the Floriade of 1972, asks the question if a park can be a space for environmental activism and protection of nature in our time. Starting with an installation in het Glazen Huis he will rehearse together with 2 actors several film scenes in the park which are based on fragments of an archive on activists defense of trees since the 1970’s.










Exploded View, Upcoming