Berend Strik on De Moderne Moraal

A special series of stained glass windows in Paradiso

9 March 2024

To celebrate the opening of the TEFAF, Bureau Europa is organizing a brunch lecture on Saturday, March 9th. Artist Berend Strik will elaborate on his project "De Moderne Moraal," which is featured in the exhibition "In Vitro."

These stained glass windows in the Great Hall of Paradiso were designed by Berend Strik and Hans van Houwelingen. Each window of the project reflects on a contemporary development that raises new moral issues. The windows provide an overview of a quarter-century of shifting morals and customs, from acceptance and habituation. Themes range from the working woman, the first MRI scan, the cloned sheep Dolly, to the first same-sex marriage and the rising sea level, the modern monarchy with the inauguration of Willem-Alexander, and the search for the 'promised land' of crowded refugees in a boat. The original stained glass windows depicting figures such as Socrates, Dante, Spinoza, and Goethe were removed in the 1970s. These windows dated back to the time when the Amsterdam pop venue Paradiso served as the church of the Free Community. With the renovation of Paradiso in 1993, the plan arose to install new windows.

Date saturday 9 march, 10:30-11:30 (inloop vanaf 10:00)

Location Bureau Europa, platform voor architectuur en design

Admission free. Sign up via After receiving a confirmation from us, you signing up is complete. Max. 40 participants. Please not that this lecture will be held in Dutch.