Spaces of Display 'FOCUS: 25 students designing for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek'

News - 18 January 2023 - Communication BK

Spaces of Display is a one-of a-kind exhibition showcasing the creative possibilities of displaying the history of microbiology through the eyes of architecture students. The exhibition ‘FOCUS: 25 students designing for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’ takes place in honour of the year of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, a key figure in the history of microbiology research. 

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

This year it has been 300 years since Antoni van Leeuwenhoek passed away in Delft after having lived and worked here for over 90 years. This exhibition is the result of a commission issued by TU Delft Science Centre to students of the minor, Spaces of Display, from the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The TU Delft holds a collection of works by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and other Delft microbiology pioneers, such as Willem Beijerink and Gerrit van Iterson Jr. The 25 students were required to create designs for an exhibition about Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and his successors. 

25 Designs

Over the past six months, each student worked on their curation of the collection and design for the exhibition, resulting in a diverse array of plans that focus on unique aspects of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's work. The outcome of this work is now on display in OPEN Delft and features models of student designs, showcasing the creative displays of microscopy. Visitors will also be able to see a selection of microscopy artefacts, such as a replica of the microscope of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to explore the history of microscopy and its possibilities for the future, whilst being surrounded by creative works of 25 young designers. Join the exhibition and learn more about the assignment and process behind it. 

More information

The exhibition "FOCUS: 25 students designing for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek" is on display from Friday, 27 January to Saturday, 11 February in OPEN Delft, the public library. Address: Vesteplein 100  2611WG Delft.

The minor Spaces of Display is coordinated by lecturer Leontine de Wit of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Architecture Department). Previous editions of the minor were also successful exhibitions. 

More about the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Year and TU Delft's other events around this theme can be found here.