Towers, temples and special structures

Edam Museum has drawn on an extensive loan of drawings, paintings and etchings by the artist W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp (1874-1950) to present 50 works depicting towers and temples as the focus of the special exhibition Towers, Temples and Special Structures; recorded by W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp.

The exhibition, in the Coopmanshuys, includes children’s drawings by Nieuwenkamp (St. Bavo, Haarlem) and the watchtower in Lunteren that he also designed. The range of locations and diversity of buildings depicted are Nieuwenkamp’s his wanderlust: from mosques in Cairo to Canterbury Cathedral, from Ransdorp to Rouen and from the Borobodoer shrine to the Taj Mahal mausoleum. In the exhibition we see towers under construction, but also buildings in disrepair.

A number of drawings of the Batoer Temple in Bali are particularly notable. The entire temple complex was in danger of being engulfed by a lava flow, but the temple gate and a tower were still standing when Nieuwenkamp revisited the temple complex years later. A more beautiful parallel could not be drawn with the event that gripped the whole of Edam 50 years ago: the near-disaster of the Carillion tower.

The exhibition Towers, temples and special structures can be seen in the Coopmanshuys from 10th May 2022 to 31st March 2023.