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La Haye, royal city

27 juin 2016


(Binnenhof and Mauritshuis)

The Residence as is also known The Hague, is the third largest city in the Netherlands. The city earns this nickname since it houses the Dutch government and the Royal Residence. Den Haag in Dutch, hosts many other institutional organizations such as the International Criminal Court, Europol, Eurojust and the International Court of Justice seated in the Peace Palace, a wonderful building to visit. This very formal aspect of the city is enlightened by a more jovial one. Located on the North Sea shores, the city is full of surprises like the various royal palaces or the famous Madurodam, miniaturized city depicting the history of the Netherlands in a fun way. The culture holds a very big place  with almost thirty museums.

From The Girl with a Pearl Earring to Art Deco...

The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is undoubtedly one of the most famous paintings in the world. This magnificent portrait attracts over one million visitors every year and has been in the Mauritshuis Museum since the beginning of the 20th century. This former hotel built in the 17th century and named after the Prince of Nassau-Siegen John Maurice, houses many other treasures like The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt or other artworks by Rubens, Jan Steen or the renowned Goldfinch by Fabritius. Even though  the museum doesn’t need additional reasons to be visited, the first contemporary art exhibition of the museum is being held this summer, focusing on the  Brazilian artist Vik Muniz who got inspired by the back sides of the museum’s paintings. At the end of the tour, take some time to admire the amazing view of the Hofvijver Pond.

Behind the indecently long name Gemeentemuseum Den Haag actually hides the Municipal Museum of The Hague, which is a reference in terms of art and fashion, in addition to being an architectural monument. There, one can discover the largest Mondrian collection in the world as well as the magnificent Art Deco building Berlage. Worth seeing : the outstanding New Babylon exhibition in collaboration with the Constant Foundation depicts a world without borders.

(Girl with a Pearl Earring of Johannes Vermeer, Victory Boogie-Woogie of Piet Mondrian, Lange Voorhout)

... but also very original places!

In addition to these two museums, the Panorama Mesdag offers a unique experience in term of cultural heritage. This magnificent cylindrical painting, the biggest one in Europe with its 14 meters of height and 120 meters of circumference, is signed Hendrik Willem Mesdag and immerses the visitor in the  fishing village of Scheveningen, back in 1880. An original way to experience art, ideal for the youngest ones!

 The Escher museum houses a permanent breathtaking exhibition: Escher in the Palace. In this palace that once belonged to the Royal Family, disconcerting artworks byf the Dutch graphical artist M. C. Escher depict alternately water flows going upwards, endless stairs or a self-drawing piece of paper. This  temple of optical illusion has even dedicated a room to multimedia tools, allowing you to create your own illusion, following  the model of artist Maurits Cornelis Escher ...

For contemporary art lovers, after stopping at the Carré d’artistes gallery, a visit of the GEM museum and the museum of photography is highly recommended! The Museum Beelden aan Zee, hidden in the dunes of Scheveningen, is also a good alternative with its contemporary sculptures!


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