The Rijksmuseum will be presenting the Lotus Dome by Daan Roosegaarde for the first time in the Netherlands, from February 7 through May 5, 2014. The Lotus Dome is a ‘living’ Dome consisting of hundreds of ultralight aluminium foils that unfold in response to human behaviour. The high-tech work of art has been travelling the world since it was created in 2012. Having been on display at a number of historical locations abroad, the Lotus Dome will now face a contemporary juxtaposition with the Rijksmuseum’s 18th-century period room.
Daan Roosegaarde: What’s so special about this work is that you can actually touch it, unlike other art in a museum. The relationship with the museum visitor is an intrinsic part of the work.
The Lotus Dome (2012) comes to life in response to a visitor’s body heat. Hundreds of aluminium flowers unfold, a deep bass sound fills the space and light projects the lotus flowers onto the walls. Roosegaarde calls it Techno-poetry. The smart Lotus foil was designed by Studio Roosegaarde and its designers. The foil is made up of different layers of Mylar (a type of polyester) which makes the leaves fold and unfold in response to light and heat.
The Lotus Dome will be on display in the Beuning Room (anonymous, c. 1745 – c. 1748), an 18th-century Amsterdam room, originally from a Keizersgracht property. The mahogany panelling and original stucco ceiling with paintings by Jacob de Wit and Jurriaan Andriessen are typical of the 18th-century Rococo style.
Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a Dutch artist, designer and architect who combines technology, architecture and nature in tactile high-techworks of art. He wants to fire the imagination by creating interactive works of art that present a new, futuristic dream world. He works with a team of designers and technical experts from his studios, located in Waddinxveen (the Netherlands) and Shanghai (China). He first became famous in 2006 with Dune, the interactive landscape of light. Since then his work has been exhibited across the globe, in cities such as London (Tate Modern and V&A), Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has won numerous international prizes and is a popular speaker.