In Amsterdam Oost/Watergraafsmeer, behind the city council at the Linneausstraat, is a chapel.
The monumental building was brought into use in 1891 simultaneously with the civil hospital that was there at the time. For years the chapel was used as a place of reflection for ill and sometimes terminal patients of the hospital.
Today the chapel houses art initiative outLINE.
The former chapel is located at a quiet green inner court. As part of the National weeks of Mourning the chapel has been transformed into a funeral parlour.
‘Funeral parlour Outline’ gives the impression of a funeral parlour, but is in fact a space with only a few elements that usually belong to a real funeral parlour. The coffin, that has a central position in the room, is empty.
During the exposition visitors are incited by the host or hostess to talk about death.
The National weeks of Mourning have been made up in scope of the exposition and have been taken up by several initiatives all over the country. During this period lectures are organized, often followed by a debate in which people have the opportunity to talk about death.
Made possible with support of Unigra.