Holland Art Cities
Holland is a beautiful country and its people show a deep appreciation for their artistic and cultural heritage. This appreciation will be brought to the attention of the world during 2009 and 2010 as the top ten museums in the four largest cities in the country join forces to present a wide-ranging art and cultural event under the banner of 'Holland Art Cities'. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague will participate in this large-scale initiative, which will see the Hermitage and Stedelijk Museums in Amsterdam re-open their doors following extensive renovations.
Embracing three themes – International Influences; Young: Modern and Contemporary Art and Design; and Dutch Masters – Holland Art Cities will create the highest percentage of art and cultural activities and events per kilometer in the world. In Rotterdam the participating museums are the Kunsthal, highlighting exciting and varied collection of old and new art, as well as design and photography, and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, showcasing the history of art from the Middle Ages through to the 21st Century.
In Utrecht visitors are invited to explore the Centraal Museum Utrecht which boasts a large collection of old and contemporary art, fashion and applied art. Also in Utrecht, the Museum Catharijneconvent, housed in an former Medieval monastery, features a unique gold and silver collection, statues of saints and superb paintings by old masters. Here visitors will become acquainted with the history of Christianity though Catholic and Protestant works of art.
Amsterdam is home to the newly renovated Hermitage and Stedelijk Museum and visitors will no doubt appreciate the extensive art collections at both these museums. The Stedelijk Museum focuses on modern art and design, with works by well-respected artists such as Malevich, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Rietveld, Appel and Chagall. As the name suggests, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam honors this gifted artist as well as a number of his contemporaries.
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the heart of The Hague is home to the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer which was the inspiration behind the 2003 film of the same name. The museum also boasts famous works by Dutch Masters Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Frans Hals, among others. Also in The Hague, the Gemeentemuseum is so huge with a collection so vast and varied that visitors could easily spend the whole day admiring the talent of a wide range of artists.
Holland is a wonderful country to explore, and should you be there during 2009, be sure to include a visit to one or more of the Holland Art Cities venues for a rich cultural experience.