Declaring Reason

The exhibition Declaring Reason is the result of a collaborative project between Museum Meermanno and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) that presents the works of third year Graphic Design students who investigated the history of parliamentary democracy by means of books and manuscripts from the museum’s collection.

In the 2017 elections for the House of Representatives in the Netherlands, France and Germany, the European Union is put under unprecedented challenges and even threatened to its very existence. Reason enough to explore concepts of governance and understand the democratic legacy of our forefathers.

Declaring Reason is a collaboration between Museum Meermanno and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). The results of this unique partnership will be presented in the form of an exhibition that opens on June 2nd, 2017 at Museum Meermanno.

Poster exhibition Declaring Reason
Poster design by Niels van der Donk & Daniel Hernández Chacón

Books reviewed during the project included the Atlas Maior by Johannes Blaeu, the Tractatus Politicus by Spinoza, the Encyclopédie by Denis Diderot, the Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau, Aan het Volk van Nederland (To the People of the Netherlands) by Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol and the Dutch constitution. The core objective was to contextualize these 17th and 18th century publications by understanding their historical relevance and connecting them to contemporary political scenarios. Each of the selected books has shaped our understanding of democracy in a particular way.

Declaring Reason was tutored by Niels Schrader and Lauren Alexander from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and included theory component tutoring by Maarten Cornel.

Participating students: Matyáš Bartoň, Hilde Barwegen, Nóri Békés, Leith Benkhedda, Kylièn Bergh, Paul Bille, Antonia Brell, Thijmen van Brunschot, Kiki Coster, Rudi van Delden, Niels van der Donk, Carmen Dusmet Carrasco, Vanessa Eck, Jan Egbers, Lukas Engelhardt, Elizaveta Glukhova, Michiel Heemskerk, Daniel Hernández Chacón, Saber Javanmard, Rebecca Joly, Ies de Jong, Daan Kars, Kerekes Dóra, Rik Laging, Iris Lam, Jungeun Lee, Anna Lenczewska, Zuzanna Loch, Andréas van der Mast, Kay Pisarowitz, Paw Poulsen, Taisiia Reshetnik, Guillaume Roux, Rebecca Rui, Josephine van Schendel, Theresa Scherrer, Marika Seo, Alexandra Sukhorukova, Lou Top, Lin Ven and Vrijs Wannes.



Sat 3 June 2017 13.00 - Sun 24 September 2017 19.00


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