P.J.H. Cuyers: architecture with a mission

27 September 2007 till 3 February 2008

The architect P.J.H. Cuypers (1827-1921), master of the nineteenth-century architecture, is mostly known in the Netherlands for his large-scale projects such as the Rijksmuseum (1876-1885) and Amsterdam Central Station (1882-1889), but also for the enormous amount of churches he designed.

Both Cuypers’ architecture and his perspective on architecture are still points of fierce debate, because he explicitly positioned himself in the debate on the meaning of architecture in relation to religion and community, a debate that is still very topical. In the exhibitions in NAi Rotterdam and in NAi Maastricht, Cuypers’ passion for architecture comes to life. Both exhibitions present a cross-section of Cuypers’ life and oeuvre. In Rotterdam, this cross-section focuses on the year 1877 and in Maastricht on the year 1897. 

Curator: Linda Vissenrood
Spatial design: Joyce Langezaal with Krista van den Heuvel
Graphic Design: Venessa van Dam and Corine Datema
Photography: Jos Nelissen


Window prints