Museum Night at Gemeentemuseum

Haagse band Splendid
NDT 2 and Splendid on the museum pond

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag plans to celebrate the fifth Museum Night in The Hague in grand style. Its programme will include a unique opportunity to see the internationally celebrated Netherlands Dance Theatre 2 (NDT2) and prominent Hague pop band Splendid perform live on stage over the museum pond. The performances will take place against the stupendous background of one of the finest examples of museum architecture anywhere in the Netherlands. Inside, ‘night owls’ will be able to visit the museum’s permanent displays and temporary exhibitions, or embark on its unique Wonderkamers adventure. Works waiting to be discovered will include pieces by this year’s international Vincent Award nominees. Hague poets and comedians from the PUUR GELUL team will also be on hand to entertain visitors with tall stories, hilarious jokes and comic asides. A laugh, a tear, art of international standing and a cocktail in your hand – what better way to spend the evening of 6 September?

The Gemeentemuseum always puts on a spectacular show for Museum Night in The Hague. This year is no exception. But this September’s feast of culture and entertainment will have a particularly strong local flavour. The main crowd-pullers will be the city’s NDT 2 dance troupe, Hague pop band Splendid, and local poets and comedians from the PUUR GELUL team. The up-and-coming young dancers of NDT will give not just one, but two performances of high-octane work I knew then, choreographed by Johan Inger to music by Van Morrison. These will be followed by the scintillating music of popular Hague band Splendid. In both cases, the setting on the pond in front of the museum will be simply unforgettable. Superlative performances and visual spectacle assured!

A selfie with Victory Boogie Woogie

Meanwhile, inside the museum there will be no lack of things for visitors to see. They can enjoy ‘Mondrian & De Stijl’ – apart from Van Gogh and Rembrandt, the only part of art history included in the government-approved Canon of Dutch History – or follow the example of US President Barack Obama and take their own ‘selfies’ in front of Mondrian’s Victory Boogie Woogie! Elsewhere in the building, ‘The Vincent Award’ exhibition will be opening that very evening, featuring works by internationally acclaimed artists Anri Sala, Pierre Huyghe, Manfred Pernice, Willem de Rooij and Gillian Wearing. All five are nominees for the Vincent Award, an international art prize to be presented at the museum next November. This is a first taste of the Gemeentemuseum’s autumn programme, which will also include an international blockbuster show about American artist Mark Rothko and a costume exhibition entitled ‘Romantic Fashions. Mr Darcy meets Eline Vere’.

Children’s Museum Night and Wonderkamers

Younger visitors will be welcome to attend Children’s Museum Night, starting at 4 p.m. with an official opening in the Gemeentemuseum’s garden gallery. Parents and children can attend the special opening ceremony on production of a Museum Night passé-partout. Afterwards, three young stars of Hague theatre school RABARBER will perform a play called ‘Plaaggraag’, there will be face-painting sessions, and artworks will come to life in the galleries. Primary school kids, teenagers and their families can also visit the thirteen spectacular rooms in the Wonderkamers section (open all night) to experience a wonderful world in which they can design their own Berlage buildings, dance the Boogie Woogie urged on by Mondrian himself, or don sensational costumes and strut their stuff on the catwalk.

Museum Night in The Hague

Saturday 6 September is Museum Night in The Hague. The doors of no fewer than 40 cultural institutions will stand wide open to the city’s art-loving nighthawks from 8 p.m. right through to 1.30 a.m. Children’s Museum Night starts earlier, at 4 p.m., with a generous programme including theatre performances, dance, and everything from nude selfies to a roller disco. Ticket sales for Museum Night start on 23 June 2014. Early birds can buy tickets right up to 5 September for just € 12.50. Last-minutes on 6 September will cost € 15. Further information and on-line ticket sales at Museum Night in The Hague is part of the city’s weekend arts festival ‘48 Hours of The Hague’.