This autumn, Centraal Museum presents 'Dreams cast in concrete', an exhibition about two utopian construction projects with turbulent histories: Utrecht's Kanaleneiland and Hoog Catharijne. ACUH student Jens van Kamp contributed significantly to the research, concept and layout of the exhibition.
Both projects were once hailed as solutions to the problems that the city of Utrecht was facing. Kanaleneiland was supposed to solve the housing shortage, and Hoog Catharijne would take care of the traffic problem. Yet within a few decades, both projects seemed to have become symbols of problems, rather than solutions. Other Dutch cities were experiencing similar problems. And even today, we are struggling with dilemmas about sustainability and how to deal with the increasing pressure on the housing market. Centraal Museum takes stock of the issues from the perspective of design, history and contemporary art.
Personal stories are an important part of the exhibition. The stories told include those of the early residents of Kanaleneiland and the original business owners and residents of Hoog Catharijne. In addition to modern art, Dreams cast in concrete includes photography, film, fashion and furniture. Various related programmes will be organised during the exhibition.
The exhibition is open from 28 September 2019 to 19 January 2020. On Sunday the 27th of October, between 15:00-16:00 ACUH member Tim Verlaan will discuss the exhibition's content with the audience.