About Wendingen, the platform

On 6 March 2014, the starting shot was given for Wendingen, Platform for the Amsterdam School in the Scheepvaarthuis in Amsterdam. The website is an initiative of Museum Het Schip , which has been working since 2001 with the support of the Amsterdam housing corporations to put the Amsterdam School on the map.

To make the website a success, the museum relies on the principle of crowd-sourcing: experts and enthusiasts are asked via the platform to help with an inventory of the Amsterdam School in its full breadth - from residential block to jewelery and from bridge construction to glass art. The editorial team invites everyone to describe objects from their (immediate) environment. The platform makes it easy for enthusiasts to get in touch with like-minded people and professionals from all over the Netherlands. Because although the movement takes its name from the capital, examples of the Amsterdam School can be found in all provinces (and even abroad).

For the inventory, the platform cooperates as much as possible with other knowledge institutions and organizations and professionals from the field. Thanks to the efforts of archives, architecture centers, museums and private individuals, a large amount of sources and historical information about the Amsterdam School has already been collected and made accessible digitally. This information will also be made available via Platform Wendingen and will be linked to objects, people and background stories. All Amsterdam School data in one place, that's the goal. Wendingen makes the connections visible between the various expressions of this influential art movement. Because what do a villa park in Bergen, water towers in Groningen, textile and glass designs from Rotterdam and a studio house in Geulle in Limburg actually have in common?

The Wendingen platform was developed for Museum Het Schip by Willem Prins ( Sometimes ) and Wim Jacobs ( independent architect and ex-board member of Museum Het Schip). This unique platform for the Amsterdam School could be realized thanks to the generous contributions of the SNS Reaalfonds and the VSB Fund, the Municipality of Amsterdam and the support of the Amsterdam Federation of Housing Corporations (AFWC).

About Wendingen, the name and Architectura et Amicitiae

The Amsterdam School was a controversial movement in art and architecture. It was a movement without a fixed program. In the magazine Wendingen, the works and ideas of the individual Amsterdam School artists were collected and shared.

Now, 100 years later, we are looking for the soul, the expressions and the limits of this expressive movement. Museum Het Schip has set up Platform Wendingen for this purpose, named after the most important magazine of the Amsterdam School.

Read here the extensive theme article by Wim Jacobs, board member of Museum Het Schip about the connection between Wendingen, the magazine and Wendingen, the online platform.

The digital version of all editions (series) of the original Wendingen 1918-1931 can be found here (at TU Delft) .

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