Five hundred years ago Thomas More wrote his infamous masterpiece "Utopia". The importance and influence of his book throughout the last five centuries has been astounding.
On the occasion of this anniversary Illuminare (Centre for the Study of Medieval Art - KU Leuven) and Museum M initiated the exhibition "In Search of Utopia", curated by professor Jan Van der Stock.
The scenography aims to reconcile the classical art with the cold white gallery spaces. Large carpets were draped over the floors and walls of the rooms. Not only do they organize the exhibition in several chapters, but they also bring scale, color and texture to the building. Each room was given a different color, the carpets were delicately paired with the paintings. Solid-looking, oversized pedestals are placed on the carpets. They are lined with cork with vivid texture and work as islands that combine different objects. Precious objects and manuscripts are displayed under transparent glass displays. The material palette is completed with terrazzo and brass accents.
Location: BE, Leuven
Client: Museum M
Surface: 1200 sqm
Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten, Bram Denkens, Bartolomeo Zanotti
Consultants: Chris Pype (light)
Photos: Filip Dujardin (C)