Borg Verhildersum is a historic estate with grounds and gardens but also with a museum and different exhibition spaces. Normally the exhibitions held by Borg Verhildersum have a traditional style, but in these two cases curator Lenny Bulthuis was looking for a way to bring ‘the old’ in modern perspective. Because in the past this estate was the hub of progress and innovation in this part of northern country, now again choosing ‘the modern way’ seems historically appropriate.
Together with graphic designstudio Hugomatic (Hugo Engwerda and Timo Meester) we designed two exhibitons. In doing this we worked together with different specialists and historians as well as professionals in the creative industries.
In the exposition called GDxFT (Groninger Dracht meets Fashion-Tech), the historic fashion from 1841- 1865 is beeing exhibited along with the experimental fashion of fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra. This succesfull designer is working from her designstudio in Rotterdam, but her roots lie in this part of the country. Visual artist Roger Muskee made a documentary about her connection to the area and a movie about Braindrain, the interactive outfit inspired by the historic fashion shown in the exposition. Photographer Ben Vulkers shot the photo series Braindrain that also on display in het exposition GDxFT.
For the exhibition titeld ‘De Smaak van de 19e Eeuw’ we’ve designed a light-hearted space. Even though the colours blue and yellow used on the walls look quite contemporary, they are from the 19th century. Labour and craftsmanship was very much a going on in this period so we’ve decided not to use stickers but write and draw on the walls to underline this human labour. The drawings are extracted from old cookbooks. Some recipes from these books were updated for the exhibition and you could go into the restaurant to order them. The enlarged table was also designed after a period model but given a modern twist. It serves as an alternative exhibition object to show historic items in a table setting from the 19th century.