“Natura Naturans” exhibition by COUSSÉE & GORIS architecten at deSingel Antwerpen

March 12, 2018

In the Natura Naturans exhibition, artist Marie-Françoise Plissart presents a personal interpretation of the work of COUSSÉE & GORIS architects. Using photographs and video clips, she has created her own version of the buildings designed by the firm over the past ten years. The result is an idiosyncratic visual journey in which Plissart places herself in the viewer’s shoes.

 

Crematorium Hofheide, Holsbeek, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Crematorium Hofheide, Holsbeek, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

 

A portrait of COUSSÉE & GORIS architecten by Marie-Françoise Plissart. Twenty years after founding their firm and ten years after being awarded the Flemish Cultural Prize for Architecture, Ralf Coussée and Klaas Goris present an overview of their œuvre with an exhibition. In Natura Naturans they emphasise the importance of the surrounding landscape, the inspiration that they draw from the artistic and literary repertory of contemporary artists like Guiseppe Penone, and the value that is added by collaborations with like-minded architectural firms such as RCR Arquitectes, Gafpa and Raamwerk.


 

Practical information

“Natura Naturans” exhibition by COUSSÉE & GORIS architecten
February 23 – June 10, 2018
deSingel International Arts Campus – Expo
Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
Belgium

 


In the Natura Naturans exhibition, artist Marie-Françoise Plissart presents a personal interpretation of the work of COUSSÉE & GORIS architects. Using photographs and video clips, she has created her own version of the buildings designed by the firm over the past ten years. The result is an idiosyncratic visual journey in which Plissart places herself in the viewer’s shoes.

 

stadsbibliotheek De Krook, Gent, Coussée & Goris architecten © Coussée & Goris architecten

stadsbibliotheek De Krook, Gent, Coussée & Goris architecten © Coussée & Goris architecten

stadsbibliotheek De Krook, Gent, Coussée & Goris architecten © Karin Borghouts

stadsbibliotheek De Krook, Gent, Coussée & Goris architecten © Karin Borghouts

 

COUSSÉE & GORIS ARCHITECTS: BACK TO BASICS

The title Natura Naturans refers to Spinoza’s concept of ‘nature natured’. The seventeenth-century philosopher wanted to demonstrate that everything can be traced back to a single cause or origin. In this exhibition, Coussée and Goris return to the starting point.
The architects strive for sobriety and a certain perfection. But the hand of the creator is always visible. Adopting a position in which they nestle between the human and the material is crucial to the success of their projects. COUSSÉE & GORIS architecten achieve a simplicity of language and a great constructive precision. This is clear from recently completed buildings such as the art gallery Zeno X in Antwerp, the crematorium in Holsbeek, het Zwin Visitor Centre and de Krook city library in Ghent.

 

Crematorium 'Hofheide', Holsbeek, °2006, 2007-2013, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Crematorium ‘Hofheide’, Holsbeek, °2006, 2007-2013, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

bezoekercentrum Het Zwin, Coussée & Goris architecten en Gafpa © Marie-Françoise Plissart

bezoekercentrum Het Zwin, Coussée & Goris architecten en Gafpa © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Waalse Krook - Cousée & Goris © Filip Dujardin

Waalse Krook – Cousée & Goris © Filip Dujardin

Het Zwin - Cousée & Goris © Cousée & Goris

Het Zwin – Cousée & Goris © Cousée & Goris

Het Zwin - Cousée & Goris © Cousée & Goris

Het Zwin – Cousée & Goris © Cousée & Goris

gang Crematorium Hofheide, Holsbeek, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

gang Crematorium Hofheide, Holsbeek, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

sportcentrum De Boerenkreek, Sint-Jan-in-Eremo, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

sportcentrum De Boerenkreek, Sint-Jan-in-Eremo, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

stadsbibliotheek De Krook, Gent, Coussée & Goris architecten © Coussée & Goris architecten

stadsbibliotheek De Krook, Gent, Coussée & Goris architecten © Coussée & Goris architecten

Zeno X, Antwerpen, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Zeno X, Antwerpen, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Zeno X, Antwerpen, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Zeno X, Antwerpen, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Zeno X, Antwerpen, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart

Zeno X, Antwerpen, Coussée & Goris architecten © Marie-Françoise Plissart


 

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