Exhibition ‘RE: Warchitecture’

  • 10.00 – 17.00 houyrs
  • Opening at 11 am!
  • Atrium Stadhuis
  • Adres: Spui 70

The city at war – from Sarajevo to Kharkiv

On the Day of Architecture The Hague we show special buildings and what architecture can do for the quality of our living environment in our city. This year we pay a lot of attention to our ‘house of democracy’, the Binnenhof and the temporary housing of the Dutch Parliament. Only 3 borders away from us a democracy is attacked and buildings and cities are bombed. With the exhibition ‘RE: Warchitecture’ we show how this destruction is documented and how it was done before, in Sarajevo.

The photo of cellist Vedran Smailovic in Sarajevo (1992) and the photo of cellist Denys Karachevtsev in Kharkiv (2022) show the link between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ukraine, photographed exactly 30 years apart.

This exhibition shows a small part of the original exhibition ‘Warchitecture’ where the destructions during the first year of the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996) were documented by architects and citizens of Sarajevo. Clandestinely, the ‘Warchitecture’ exhibition was transported from Sarajevo in 1993 to travel around the world and raise alarm about the severity of the destruction. 

arallel to the panels of Sarajevo’s ‘Warchitecture’ project are panels with images of the cellist Denys Karachevtsev playing amid destroyed architecture of Kahrkiv. Also on display is the ongoing documentation of the destruction in Ukraine by a research collective Bellingcat and the initiative of scan UA to 3D scan endangered buildings. It is also possible to view the destruction in Ukraine in virtual reality (including the project ‘VR-museum of war memory‘).

The goal is to have this exhibition travel around the world, as “Warchitecture’ did thirty years ago, to raise the alarm about the ongoing destruction of people and their cities in Ukraine. 

The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 18 June with a symbolic cello performance by The Hague Cellist Wilma de Bruijn (a student at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague) in the Atrium around 11:00.

Daarnaast kunt u de verwoesting van Den Haag tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog ontdekken met behulp van de wandelroute Bombardement Bezuidenhout ’45 en de herinneringsroute Atlantikwall Den Haag

In The Hague, you can discover the destruction of World War II with the help of the walking route Bombardement Bezuidenhout ’45  and the memory route Atlantikwall Den Haag

The Exhibition is made by  Designing Memory  in collaboration with : Association of Architects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, scan UA from Kyiv and  Denys Karachevtsev & Oleksandr Osipov from Kahrkiv.

  • Top photo: Taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local musician Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targetted by Serb forces. Photographer: Mikhail Evstafiev; This foto is licensed under the Creative Commons.
  • Photo below: Kharkiv cellist Denys Karachevtsev on March 20 (2022) played Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 outside the damaged remains of the Kharkiv regional police headquarters. (still from the Video made by: Oleksandr Osipov)