Design for spaces, installations, products and art.
Ever thought about it? About the concept of an atlas? A book full of simplistic representations of countries, nature, regions. The world. Ever thought about what a piece of art an Atlas actually is? We didn’t. Or rather: rarely. Until we were asked to make an exhibition about De Bosatlas: the most famous atlas in The Netherlands, originally created in 1877 by Pieter R. Bos, a schoolteacher. Every Dutch kid has used this beautiful book in class to learn how our earth is round, rich, big, impregnable.
The art of De Bosatlas is the art of leaving out. Of creating the perfect abstract. The art of symbols. This has become the thread of this exposition. We brought flat, one-dimensional symbols to life by making them three-dimensional. A city? A red disc. A village? A red square. Borders? Black discs in a row. Visitors are not only invited to explore the world of Mr. Bos, but also significant historical events. Borders disappearing, borders being created. A world in transition. The art of leaving out: necessary to represent the world in a book. But also a beautiful value in real life. We need room to puzzle, to get lost and be found. We need to look with new eyes every now and then.