Although Soestdijk Palace used to be the embodiment of luxury and status, it now feels mere a desolate carrier of its former function. The building still shows signs of wealth and extravagance, but feels as an empty frame since it’s residents are gone. How temporary is their presence? And how forever is their heritage? The palace will be getting a new designation this autumn. Before that happens a grand exhibition will overtake the place for which 41 Dutch designers, architects, artists and photographers make a specific work that relate to the spaces in the palace.
Christa van der Meer responds to the antichambre. When still in function, this corner room was a place of relaxation and amusement. Guests were entertained before dinner was served, playing bridge and drinking cocktails. It is also the room where Queen Emma practiced needlework, one of her favorite hobbies.
With an anti-space installation Christa van der Meer captures the clashing factors that now define the palace: emptiness and extravagance. The tent is a negative space of the corner room, filling up the left-over space with a temporary building. “I feel this work is part of the room, and can also be the room when the room itself is not there any more.”
25 June - 25 September 2016
Installation: wood, textile, metal and plastic. 2016
Collages and GIFs made from footage of Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed.