Beyond the Atlantic Burden

RAAAF explores a new way of thinking about historically loaded cultural heritage.


77 years after the Second World War the installation Beyond the Atlantic Burden breaks the status quo of the controversial heritage of the Atlantic Wall. The overly cautious way in which Europe deals with the 17.000 bunkers has paradoxically let to the conservation of the original intention of the nazis: as ruins of the ‘Thousand-Year Reich’. This will be undermined by digging out and reorganizing the monoliths.


The installation is a call for a search for new meaning of controversial heritage through seemingly impossible experiments.


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Curators: Lex ter Braak & Huib Haye van der Werf

Exhibition: Materiality of the Invisible

Design: RAAAF

Team: Ronald & Erik Rietveld, David Habets, Cecile-Diama Samb, Mariana Fernandez Mora, Johny Long, Joop Schroën

Photography: Ricky Rijkenberg

Location: Bureau Europa, Maastricht

Status: Realised, 2017