While waiting for friends,staff at one of the museums I used to work for had a chat with me. They told me about their event, special guest, to sign up quickly. This monthly event is becoming very popular, but the number of tickets remains limited. Continue reading →
On arriving in The Hague, the first sign they are serious about Mondriaan and The Style there, are buildings sporting “Mondriaan” colours. Cinemas, modern town hall and others sport some combination of white, black, yellow, red, blue.
Staying a weekend with friends, after joining a “Teekentour” at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the next challenge was a portrait painting workshop. This workshop was offered at another Dutch museum. Continue reading →
The Gemeente Museum in The Hague has done it again. Another fabulous fashion exhibition to drool over by fashionistas, film lovers, fans young and old. This time, fashion created by Mr Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn – and others – can be admired. The exhibition was created with the assistance of Mr de Givenchy himself.
Two van Gogh paintings have been recovered by Italian police. Both works were stolen from the Amsterdam van Gogh Museum 14 years ago. In 2003, two men convicted of the crime denied involvement and claimed they had been framed. Continue reading →
On reading the pre-announcements and advertising blurb before this exhibition opened, I raised an eyebrow. Was the Mauritshuis Museum’s modern art exhibition “Verso” worth a visit? Would it fascinate friends?
The Hague’s Mauritshuis remains a firm favourite. The house itself is small, yet manages to show you a wealth of Dutch masters including Vermeer’s “Girl with Pearl Earring”, a few Rembrandts, Fabritius’ “Goldfinch”. In its new wing, one fascinating temporary exhibition is replaced by the next one.
En robe grise et verte avec des ruches, Un jour de juin que j’étais soucieux, Elle apparut souriante à mes yeux Qui l’admiraient sans redouter d’embûches
(Paul Verlaine, “La Bonne Chanson“)
These lines are from Paul Verlaine‘s “La Bonne Chanson“. Verlaine’s poetry inspired designer Peter George d’Angelino Tap. A few of his creations are on show at three small museums in The Hague till the end of March 2016. The title of the three exhibitions is “Chansons Grises”.