The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Lebbeus Woods

Oktober 1998

The architect Lebbeus Woods (1940) lives and works in New York. He is often classified among the group of young avant-garde architects to which also Coop Himmelblau and Daniel Libeskind belong. Their deconstructivist architecture has influenced a whole new generation of architects and designers. Woods is particularly known for his sinister drawings, which are a constant source of inspiration for filmmakers, visual artists, musicians and graffiti artists. Lebbeus Woods gives lectures and is asked for exhibitions, workshops and lectures from Sarajevo to Havana. He is also academic director of a school for Architecture in Vico Morcote (Switzerland). MU, ACE and the TUE (Faculty of Architectural Engineering) invited Woods to set up a show of his work, lead a workshop for students from the TUE and The Design Academy and hold two lectures. The exhibition featured about one hundred drawings, ten objects developed by Woods in collaboration with students in Vienna and the legendary maquette of The Solohouse. During the very first discussion in Eindhoven, the participants came up with the idea to put up an installation by Woods in the façade of De Witte Dame. The final result, the temporary artwork The Hermitage, was intended to mark De Witte Dame for a period of six to nine months. This was the first time that a similar object by Lebbeus Woods was realised on a 1:1 scale. On October 1, Klaar van der Lippe opened the exhibition with a performance on the Lichtplein. Six people were wrapped up in foil and laid down on a straw bed on the Lichtplein, while a caressing hand was projected on the wall of Philips Lighting Application Centre. During the opening, Klaar van der Lippe entered the Hermitage like an alpinist and gave the spectators an account of this experience.