The Schusev Museum of Architecture, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The State Service for Cultural Heritage of the Netherlands,With the support of the Moscow State Integrated Art and Historical Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve “Lefortovo” present the exhibition
Curators: Elena Oranskaya (Fund Art-east+Art-west), Eva Radionova (architectural office NovaScape)
This exhibition is dedicated to contemporary landscape architecture in the Netherlands and presents innovative solutions for the development of complex natural environments. Over a third of the territory of the Netherlands lies below sea level, and the Dutch have engaged for centuries in a “battle” with the water for the land. Engineers and architects recovered “polders” from the sea. On these highly fertile areas of land hydrotechnical installations are built, and water never ceases to attempt to reclaim the land. Severe flooding in 1916 and in 1953 presented architects with new problems. Between 1950 and 1997, they carried out the Deltawerken project, creating a system of dams, locks, and storm barriers. Yet after the ambitious plan of the 1970s to “straighten” the riverbeds, the implementation of which ended a series of floods, the strategy of the Dutch landscape architects in their relationship with water underwent a radical change: moving away from their former “battle” with nature, they decided to begin a dialogue with it.
The Dutch began to offer the water “escape routes” that would allow the rivers to overflow. They have built not only dikes and dams, but have also turned these sites into boulevards and parks! The symbiosis of the latest advances in science and contemporary design aiming to create comfortable and attractive public spaces place the projects of Dutch landscape architects at the forefront of global environmental and socially significant trends. A significant project of this theme was the competition held for the reconstruction of the 30 kilometer “enclosure dam” (Afsluitdijk), which was granted the status of a monument of cultural heritage of the Netherlands.
Landscape architecture today works toward solving problems of smog in megacities and the cleanup of rivers, of global warming and the maintenance of existing shorelines, of the restoration of cultural and historical monuments and the reconstruction of parkland. The exhibition “Dialogue with Water” shows projects by architects, engineers, and artists from Dutch architecture firms, and from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. A special space within the exhibit is dedicated to Dutch-Russian cultural heritage. These include Moscow’s Lefortovo Park, the first regular park in Russia created by Dutchman Nikolai Bidloo at the beginning of the 18th century. Projects proposed for the reconstruction of this park will be displayed at the exhibition, and a roundtable will be organized with the participation of both Dutch and Russian specialists.
This exhibition will feature a series of documentary films, and master-classes by Russian and Dutch researchers and architects, including Eva Radionova, Marieke Kuipers, Berno Strootman, Martin Knuijt, Wim Dieleman, Oxana Kharitonova, Irina Rekhovskikh, and others.
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