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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | A day at the Museum
Jozef Israëls, Dreams (Dolce far niente), 1860, on loan from a private owner from Amsterdam.
Big history in a small city Dordrecht is the perfect place to discover the Netherlands: the beautiful city in the south of Holland harbours the Dordrechts Museum, Huis Van Gijn and Het Hof van Nederland. The Dordrechts Museum was founded in 1842 with a core collection of works from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: DORDRECHTS MUSEUM & HUIB KOOYKER
The museum covers over five centuries of Dutch painting, from the masters of the Golden Age to modern art, including Dordrecht landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp and impressionist painters such as Breitner and Mesdag.
The Haagse School This art movement from the late nineteenth century focuses on realism. “For the upcoming exhibition Holland op z’n mooist we’ve borrowed Haagse School paintings from collectors all over the world,” says managing director Peter Schoon. “We collaborate with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague: we show what influenced the Haagse School and how it started, while the Gemeentemuseum displays how it came to fruition.’’ These ambitious exhibitions open on 4 April. Schoon: “The collections complement each other and this collaboration between museums is unique.”
Huis Van Gijn A very interesting part of the Dordrechts Museum is the house of art collector Si-
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mon van Gijn. When you enter, it is like Van Gijn just left for an errand, although he left the house almost one hundred years earlier. Fourteen years ago Huis Van Gijn was restored to its original state. Now it looks gorgeous again and during your visit you’ll take huge step back in time and enjoy Van Gijn’s way of life.
Het Hof van Nederland It is hard to imagine, but a little over four hundred years ago, the kingdom of the Netherlands was non-existent. Schoon: “Dordrecht played a huge role in the emergence of the country. In the former monastery Het Hof in Dordrecht, the ‘first assembly of the free states’ took place in 1572, which was an important milestone for the formation of the Netherlands.” In museum Het Hof van Nederland you can experience Dordrecht through the historical collection, combined with modern technology. The exhibition on the Haagse School and Het Hof van Nederland will open this spring. Before that, you can of course visit
Huis Van Gijn and the permanent collection in Dordrechts Museum.
Dordrecht, situated between several wide rivers, has known prosperity over the centuries due to its strategic location. In the 15th and 16th century the city was a prominent trading centre in the Netherlands. The historic inland harbours nowadays offer idyllic berths for yachts, steam boats and canal barges.
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