The Hague is the perfect place for a weekend away during any of the four seasons. The extensive beaches beckon in the summertime and the promise of the Best City Centre in the Netherlands even applies 7 days a week. The rich history of the monarchy and politics yield the secrets of the city at any desired moment and countless unique museums ensure that The Hague is season-proof.he
Last week Nora and Fynn visited the Gemeentemuseum, a modern palace of the arts.
With 150,000 works of art, the Gemeentemuseum is one of Europe’s biggest art museums. It has a leading collection of modern and contemporary art, fashion and decorative arts. It is also the international home of Piet Mondrian, with no fewer than 300 works by the famous Dutch artist in its collection. This is the only museum where Mondrian’s life and progress towards abstract art unfold before your eyes, surrounded by illustrious predecessors and contemporaries like Monet, Picasso and Kandinsky, and successors like Sol Lewitt, Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois.
The Gemeentemuseum’s leading international art collection is housed in one of the most important items in their collection: H.P. Berlage’s magnificent Art Deco building. An ode to beauty, the building shows the art to its very best advantage and ensures visitors feel at home. Daylight floods the intimate side galleries, wonderful hallways and impressive entrance hall, and the entire building has an air of quality and luxury. From the bronzed brass to the marble flooring, from the fabulous decorative brickwork to the richly-coloured tiling: the Gemeentemuseum is literally a work of art for the arts.
This unique combination of architecture, art and beauty makes a visit to the Gemeentemuseum a unique experience. It is an experience they are keen to share with as many people as possible, through our innovative exhibitions, museum lessons and special projects involving the people of The Hague; through our Wonderkamers, our beautiful children’s books and concerts; through the new additions to their collection that represent the very best in art; and through unique collaborations with non-profits and companies.
Why not come and share this experience too? Whether in a moment of recognition, amazement, reflection or inspiration, a moment of contemplation or of joy, a memory or a vision of the future: the Gemeentemuseum will help you discover what art means to you.
And don’t forget to visit the museum’s popup beach. You won’t be able to go into the water but you can relax on the beach, eat ice cream and they even have a ‘beach menu’.
Photo credits: Evelyne Photography – www.evelynephotography.com
Evelyne is a professional photographer in The Netherlands. Based in The Hague, she specialises in shooting people and capturing personality. Though she works mostly in the The Hague area, Evelyne travels and shoots all over Holland. Boundaries do not exist between her portrait photography, corporate photography and commercial photography and she just launched her newest project ‘Kids by Eve’.