Puzemuze, of op weg naar Rothko

new children’s picture book

From bright blue and jubilant yellow to rosy pink and sombre black: the works of famous American artist Mark Rothko (1903-1970) have inspired multiple award-winning illustrator and writer Wim Hofman (1941) to create a new children’s picture book entitled Puzemuze, of op weg naar Rothko. This beautiful book, in which the use of colour plays a central role, is the twelfth volume in the series of children’s art books published by the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in alliance with Dutch publishing house Uitgeverij Leopold. The book is being issued, in the Dutch language only, to mark the Mark Rothko exhibition, which can be seen at the museum from 20 September 2014 until 1 March 2015, forty years after the artist’s last exhibition in the Netherlands. The museum’s special children’s gallery will feature the original drawings from this extraordinary picture book.

In Puzemuze, of op weg naar Rothko, two friends embark on a journey of wonder through the world. Hofman’s beautiful drawings take readers and their parents and grandparents through a story rich in imagination and colour. The book will be available for €14.99 at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s museum shop and at all good bookshops in the Netherlands from 20 September. In the special children’s gallery, there are also lots of activities to accompany the illustrations. Every Sunday, there will be a free open children’s workshop from 12:00 to 16:00 for children aged 5 and above. There is a lot more to explore in the rest of the museum, including the interactive game in the Wonderkamers. For children up to the age of 18, museum entrance is always free.

Writer, poet and fine artist Wim Hofman has won numerous awards for his writing and illustrations, including two Gouden Griffels (Golden Pens), two Gouden Penselen (Golden Paintbrushes) and the Woutertje Pieterse Award. As the jewel in the crown, in 2013 he was awarded the Max Velthuijs prize, the lifetime achievement award for children’s book illustrators, which is presented every three years. His stories often have fairy-tale elements, but unlike most fairy tales, they do not always have a happy ending. Hofman illustrates his books himself.

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