The morphology of fish- Amsterdam

In her new installation, Mandy den Elzen shows a collection of fish gills, displayed in our Aquaponics greenhouse. Her work unveils the aesthetic side to an organ, that is normally only seen for its function: breathing. We are opening this exhibition with a collection of 15 gills, which will continue to grow just like the plants and fish around it.

Join us for the opening of this installation on Museumnacht, at 17:00 on the 2nd of November, with an opening speech by Martin Melchers at 17:30.


A local treasure

For her collaboration with Mediamatic, Mandy focused on fish species that can be found in the waters surrounding the Biotoop by 1 kilometer. Local fisherman Piet Ruijter, who is the only traditional fisherman allowed on these waters, provided various fish species.

The specificity of the fish allows the visitor to learn more about the geography and history of this area in Amsterdam. Indeed, most of those fish are species which can only be found in freshwaters, often in estuaries or coastal waters, just like the IJ river and docks. Some of them are also well known as food products, like bream, cod, perch or whiting. They form a part of the local culture, as fish-based courses are very typical in Dutch cuisine and appreciated for their freshness. Actually, Piet is also providing many local restaurants with his catches. Therefore those fish can tell a lot about our local culture and history, in addition to what they reveal regarding environmental science, geography and biology.






– Onze Lieve Vrouwen Kerk, Breda
– Kunstloc, Lochal Tilbrug

“Stuffed” is a documentary feature film directed by Erin Derham about the surprising and unique world of taxidermy.

Through the eyes and hands of passionate renowned artists across the world, the film allows the audience to dip into & explore this diverse subculture, where sculptors must also be scientists. It is a genre of art, formed by a collection of people who have a fanaticism for nature, matched only by their desire to protect it. They love animals and see life where others only see death. In an unexpected twist, “Stuffed” reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle, and the taxidermist as its wild driver.





– Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen
– Stedelijk Museum Breda



– ISM,Stedelijk Museum Breda
– Kunstencentrum ten Bogaerde, Koksijde
– Kasteel  d’Ursel  in collaboration with Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts
– Art Rotterdam, Prospects & Concepts Mondriaanfund Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam


– Verbeke Foundation Kemzeke
– BioArt laboratories, Eindhoven
– Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris
– V2_ Rotterdam
– Salone del Mobile Milano, By Materfad
– King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudie-Arabia
– Roca Lisboa Gallery
–”What’s next”  Museu del Disseny de Barcelona
– Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza



– Verbeke Foundation Kemzeke
– Museu del Disseny de Barcelona
– Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza
– Wonders of water, Architect@work Luik
– Bursa Artfair
– Materia, Brussel
– Wonders of water, Architect@work Kortrijk
– Material ConneXion global libraries
– Wild materials, Scin Gallery, London



– The New Institute Rotterdam
– Material ConneXion New York
– Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza
– Dutch Design Week social garden-smart culture
– Material ConneXion New York
– Het Markiezenhof museum Bergen op Zoom
– Material Domotex Asia Shanghai
– Material ConneXion New York



– Natuurmuseum Tilburg
– BKKC Tilburg
– Nominated for Materialica & Technology Munchen
– Material ConneXion Istanbul
– Riding the crest of a wave, Algae Vase at SCIN Gallery London
– Material ConneXion  Istanbul
– Elemente MaterialForum Berlin
– New York fashion week Collaborating exhibition  “Material runway” from Material Connexion and the Ace hotel.

– Material Connexion New York
– Material ConneXion New York
– Material Art New York
– Dutch Design Week Eindhoven
– Rietveld&Ruys de Ploeg Bergeijk
– Grote kerk Breda
– AKV St. Joost ‘s-Hertogenbosch
– Material inspiration centre Amsterdam
– Build and Construction Expo MaterialXperience Shanghai
– CBK ‘s Hertogenbosch

– Design Museum Holon Israel
– ARCAM day of architecture MIC Amsterdam
– Dutch Design Week, WNF
– Exhibition Rietveld&Ruys de ploeg Bergeijk
– Rumen at ICFF New York
–  Material ConneXion New York.
–  Material ConneXion Bangkok.
–  Material ConneXion Cologne.
–  Material ConneXion Milano.
–  Material ConneXion Daegu.