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.
Now on view
Exhibition: Art Nouveau | New Objectivity | Delft
30 March until 9 September 2018
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.
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 free brochure Highlights Art Nouveau | New Objectivity | Delft.
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Exhibition: William the Silent is here!
19 October 2018 until 3 March 2019
In the autumn of 2018, the starting gun for the new exhibition on William the silent is here! will be fired at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. In the early days of the Eighty Years’ War, crucial events took place in the building that now houses the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. As leader of the Dutch Revolt, William organised the resistance against Spanish rule in the Netherlands from Delft. When the Spanish king Philip II put a price on his head and accused him of disloyalty, the prince wrote his famous defence, the Apology, here. On 10 July 1584, Prince William the silent was murdered by Balthasar Gérard in Prinsenhof. The political murder is not, however, the only thing that took place here. William’s daughter Louise Juliana and his son and successor Frederick Henry were both born in Prinsenhof.
The call for freedom of worship and of conscience, constituting the central theme of the Apology, is once again relevant. Time, then, for a new exhibition on the political and private life of William the Silent.
- Mojo Backstage (12-04-2019 until 01-09-2019)
- Pieter de Hooch in Delft - From the shadow of Vermeer (11-10-2019 until 16-02-2020)