Dutch Masters is a series in which we invite successful Dutch creatives and entrepreneurs. After names as Paul Mijksenaar, Renny Ramakers, Joost Swarte and Erik Kessels - this month Francine Houben, architect and creative director of Mecanoo, will join us. After screening 'A legacy of Mies and King' - a documentary following Francine during the renovation of the Public Library of Washington D.C. - we will talk with her about her aspirations as an architect, the projects she works on, and her vision on the city. Every Dutch Master we ask to invite a Dutch Talent as well. Francine invited papercutting artist Hesje Andersson to present her work.
Francine Houben – A legacy of Mies and King
What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to give Washington D.C.’s central library a new future. The documentary film A legacy of Mies and King, which will be screened tonight, follows architect Francine Houben as she investigate the past and present in order to design the library of the future. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to the current visitors of the library, and participate in a Martin Luther King Day March. During her quest, both the namesake and the original architect of the building look over her shoulder critically.
Hesje Andersson a papercutting artist, who works for clients like City of Delft, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, and Mecanoo. Her bright figurative work is cut out of black, blue and white paper. Her subjects are reduced to simple powerful shapes and stripped of everything that distracts from that. Her papercuttings are being transferred into other materials and used in buildings and public halls as part of interior design. Hesje loves to study her subject thoroughly and tell a story with her work. Currently, she is working on a 30 meter (!) papercutting.