[by Marjolein] On a hot Summer day, beach is not your only option… I find the cool new museum Voorlinden for modern and contemporary art in Wassenaar a perfect alternative. The white, modern building – that puts art first – with immense windows pops up in the landscape and can’t be missed.
The elegant big box with its enormous windows and pleasant natural light is a design of Kraaijvanger architects.
Museum Voorlinden is a privately funded initiative by Dutch art collector Joop van Caldenborgh. A fact worth mentioning is that this project was ready within budget and on schedule. Museum Voorlinden was opened by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander last September.
The Meantime, current exhibition Museum Voorlinden
First I put my bag in one of the free lockers and start with a visit to the loo. Yes, the loo. A pleasant and clean toilet can make (or break) any museum visit. The experience at Voorlinden is luxurious, marble and reminiscent of a five-star hotel. Thank you, Mr Van Caldenborgh.
Not only the museum is elegant, modern and well proportioned so is the beautiful park. A design by famous Dutch garden architect Piet Oudolf.
We are living in an age of acceleration. Never before have we had so much time on our hands, and yet never before have we felt so rushed.
The current temporary exhibition (till 6 November 2017) is ‘The meantime’. A collection of various artists which refers to a particular state of being when one simply ‘is’.
Whether you’re daydreaming. Or that moment when you’ve lost track of time. When you’re open to the unexpected. This ‘meantime’ is where you find space for creativity and rise to the new. A perfect state for artists as well for all of us!
The proof lies in the artworks on display. Spirale by Günther Uecker for instance. Eight hundred nails on canvas require quite an effort. Can’t stop staring.
Or the tower of pillows by Gayle Janzow constructed in 2011. I particularly like Leo Gestel’s Autumn day in Nijmegen. Painted in 1909 but still strong as hell. Then there’s Schoonhoven, Damien Hirst, Pyke Koch and so many more.
Museum Voorlinden’s Disappearing act
I wander around the permanent collection and notice people disappearing. Huh? I follow and end up in Skyspace, by the American artist James Turrell (1943). His first Skyspace was done in 1974 and this is his most recent one.
Also Erlich’s Swimming Pool is a special design for Museum Voorlinden. I won’t spoil too many of the museum’s surprises. Please follow all corridors and look around really well, you might miss out on some of the art on display.
Apart from the art, what else is there to see? A beautiful library: think walls and walls filled with books on art (open on appointment only).
Then there’s the atelier with one glass wall: Studio Redivivus. Internationally recognized for their expertise in conservation of modern and contemporary art. It reminds me of a fancy white and clean lab. Fascinating to see the restorers at work in utmost concentration.
My last, but certainly not least, stop in any museum is the shop. I love museum shops, it’s definitely a guilty pleasure. This one has a great selection of goodies, ranging from cheap to expensive, all tasteful and original.
Time to go home. I leave Voorlinden thinking of the art work Me Here I that I’ve just seen and come to the conclusion that I was very happy to have been here.
Voorlinden is open daily from 11 - 18 click here for more info free parking (enough space)