The Hague arts scene between 1947 and 1967 was certainly different. The city was a hotbed of talent and its multifaceted arts scene generated extraordinary initiatives in the visual arts, music, literature and dance sectors – not to mention an attention-grabbing progressive youth culture featuring Hawaiian music, Indo-Rock and rock-’n’-roll. Virtually no distinction was drawn between self-taught and professional artists, and abstract and expressionist art was produced side by side with meticulously painted realist works.
Creative spirits in The Hague regarded themselves as different from artists elsewhere – indeed, superior to them. The Happy Days exhibition is designed to showcase the rich cultural life of a city in which major figures like Paul Verhoeven, Jan Cremer and Paul van Vliet began their careers in the cultural arena of the Posthoorn gallery, Pulchri Studio and art dealers Boucher. The show will examine not only the art and design of the period, but also the everyday life of the time, with its mopeds, youth scene and early demonstrations.