acrylic on wall
acrylic and ceramic stucco on wood, 90x130cm

In March 2023, eight young adults dubbed as the “Nestbouwers” joined the team at The Natural History Museum. They were a vibrant addition to the regular staff, always ready to voice their ideas and continually surprising the museum-goers. Their debut exhibition, ‘Fungi in the Spotlight’, served as an introduction to their unique group and their fascination with the under-appreciated group of organisms – fungi.

The Nestbouwers transformed the museum’s Haverhorst Vestibule into a new exhibition space called “The Broedplaats”. In this revamped space, they aimed to bridge the gap between humans and nature, bringing their innovative ideas to fruition. ‘Fungi in the Spotlight’, the first exhibition by The Nestbouwers, debuted on July 8, 2023.

During a guided tour through The Natural History Museum’s storage rooms, the Nestbouwers were captivated by the small yet exquisite fungi collection, predominantly encompassing mushrooms. Their curiosity led them to delve into how these organisms resonate with human life. ‘Fungi in the Spotlight’ allows visitors to learn more about the eight Nest Builders while simultaneously exploring the diversity, aesthetics, and functionality of fungi.

Part of this exhibition involved creating a prominent painting that directly interacted with a striking mural in the center of the space. This functioned as a visual representation, accentuating the symbiotic relationship between the fungi and the environment