The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft and delftware. The museum is housed in a building of great historical importance, the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events of Dutch history. It was once the court of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. In the museum you will also discover the role the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how delftware became the global brand it is today.
30 March until 26 August 2018
Art Nouveau | New Objectivity | Delft
Art, knowledge and industry
We call it the miracle of Delft. Between 1880 and 1940, thanks to an extraordinary synergy among art, knowledge and industry, Delft grew to be one of the most important centres of applied arts. Art Nouveau / New Objectivity / Delft tells this inspiring story with the help of posters, pottery and stained glass made in this period.
Delft as pioneer
The exhibition shows how Delft transformed itself from a small provincial city to one of the most important centres of Art Nouveau in the Netherlands. Industry, the Polytechnic School and artists living in Delft provided the foundation for this golden age. Their collaboration was a powerful stimulus to creative activity. The industrialist Jacques van Marken played a key role. He commissioned Jan Toorop’s world famous design for the Netherlands Oil Factory’s salad oil poster. It is one of the icons of the Dutch Art Nouveau. Leading artists like Bart van der Leck and Piet Zwart were also inspired by the artistic vitality. During these years, the creativity of companies like the earthenware factory De Porceleyne Fles, Glass Atelier ’t Prinsenhof and the Braat company reached a high point. At world exhibitions, they presented original, prize-winning designs, establishing Delft’s international reputation as a city of innovation.
Visitors can discover even more special locations from the period 1880-1940 in Delft by foot, with the help of the brochure Highlights ArtNouveau | New Objectivity | Delft.
- 2 April Decorating Easter eggs
- 29 April Workshop botanical painting
- 5 May Painting a liberation tile
- 6 May Workshop making a birthday calendar
- 13 May Mother’s Day: collaboration art
- 27 May, 29 July, 26 August Workshop poster design
- 3 June Design your own peanut butter label
- 17 June Father’s Day: collaboration art
- 24 June Workshop glass painting
- 1 July Make your own beach bag
- Sundays at 14.00 guided tours with varying themes
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