“Dom Hans van der Laan. A House for the Mind” at deSingel Antwerpen

In 1977 the architect and monk Dom Hans van der Laan published ‘The Architectonic Space, 15 lessons in the Disposition of Human Dwelling’. This was a theory that was intended to capture and bring order to the essence of the spatial experience as the basis for the design process. The exhibition seeks out the tangible world associated with Van der Laan’s philosophy.

 

"Dom Hans van der Laan. A House for the Mind" © Coen van der Heiden

“Dom Hans van der Laan. A House for the Mind” © Coen van der Heiden

 

Whilst he was writing his treatise, Van der Laan was building Roosenberg Abbey in Waasmunster. In this project, he intuitively worked with concepts such as ‘proximity’ and ‘superposition’ as spatial gestures for stillness and spirituality on the one hand, and intensity of encounter on the other. As well as original drawings and models, A House for the Mind will present fresh analyses by academics and artists on teaching material, furniture, tableware, clothing and typography by Van der Laan. These are the silent witnesses to a sojourn at the abbey. (more…)