At the heart of Swedish Småland, on a former hay farm, the award-winning architect Renzo Piano created a subtle masterpiece. Along with his practice at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, he is a master in understanding museum curators’ functional needs. The physical needs of the art are a priority, which shows again at the Vandalorum museum. The architecture is based on the original monumental barn design, painted red and with an ingenious roof construction. RPBW has expanded the barn into eleven barns, which have been placed in a ring for natural museum circulation. The unique roof construction brings ideal lighting conditions to the exhibition halls.
Currently, the museum hosts an extraordinary exhibit of unique works by artist Eric van Hove. The Algerian born Belgian artist creates replicas of advanced automotive and aircraft engines. He selects unique materials such as copper, mahogany, or mother-of-pearl and manufactures each part to its original specifications.
For the artist, making these handmade copies of industrial engines symbolizes a return to craft. As industrialization has made many crafts disappear, he wants to bring back craftsmanship through the very thing that has made it disappear.