Once upon a time in Eindhoven

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Once Upon a Time in Eindhoven

LEctures by Madeleine Steigenga and Arie van Rangelrooy

A series of lectures was organized to mark the opening of the exhibition The Eindhoven School: a forgotten avant-garde at Ghent University’s Charles Vandenhove Pavilion. These interventions aimed to not only introduce the Eindhoven school to a (less familiar) Belgian audience, but also explore the connections between the architectural programs in Eindhoven and Ghent throughout the 1980s. While Geert Bekaert, was an important point of connection not just due to his affinity with Ghent University and TU Eindhoven but also due to his continuous work as a public intellectual on both sides of the Netherlands-Belgium border. Ultimately, the ideas and approaches fostered by the Eindhoven School seemed to have a much greater affinity with their Belgian—rather than their Dutch—counterparts.

After the lectures, a brief discussion of the research project (from which the exhibition The Eindhoven School resulted) was conducted by one of the curators, particularly focusing on how the archival work had been conducted on both Belgium and the Netherlands, on both institutional and personal archives, and how those contributions had been introduced in the exhibition.



May 2, 2018



Charles Vandenhove Pavilion



Sergio M. Figueiredo

Justin Agyin

Lennart Arpots

Dario Sposini



Creative Industries Fund NL

University of Ghent



The Eindhoven School: A forgotten avant-garde