ANNE FRANK HOUSE
Redesign of the exhibition in the authentic rooms; addition of historic context in the adjoining buildings. The tremendous number of young visitors from all parts of the world
necessitates a complete revision of the permanent exhibition by embedding the story of Anne Frank in the historical context. It is about making the historical reasons for living in hiding understandable for the visitors.
The story of the Frank family is full of drama and moving events. There is no need to dramatize the horror to make that history accessible to visitors. The atmosphere in the authentic rooms of the building is generally preserved. Objective, clearly organized information helps them distinguish between the personal stories – recounted from Anne Frank’s point of view – and the historic events. The atmosphere in the historic rooms is by no means cool or sober. The choice of modern materials – glass, steel, Corian – for the supplementary level of information permits a clear distinction from the authentic rooms.
Permament Exhibition, Amsterdam, 2018
Concept and design
(with Wim de Bell and Georg von Wilcken),
exhibition architecture and graphic design
Anne Frank Foundation, Amsterdam