Culture and arts, The Hague
Guess the name of Johan De Witt (1615-1672) is wide known as the Dutch advocate who became the most powerful man in republic Holland (still in medieval times). Yes, he did the study of law and showed remarkable talents. He became an advocate and lived at The Hague. Althoug Johan De Witt brought about peace with England in 1654 and, being extremely succesful in bringing prosperity to Holland, he and his brother were attacked and killed by a large crowd.
This horrible, incredible story happened in the Gevangenpoort, The Hague, when Johan visited his brother there. The Hagues (yep, a very socially thinking crowd *joking*) heard about the visit, collected outside the building, burst in and, battered at the 2 brothers. Finally the crowd, mad with rage, tore them in pieces. The inside of their bodies was eaten by dogs ...
It was not before 1918 when there was a statue erected for Johan De Witt at the "Plaats", unveiled by Queen Wilhelmina. Read on the statue about his goodies (translation will be added): "Leider en dienaar der Republiek, vormer harer machtigste vloten, verdediger der vrije zee, verzorger van ’s lands gelden, wiskundige, een volmaakt Hollander."
If you pay a visit to the Museum of Communication (see link) see the beautiful carved statues of the building outside. These were created around 1929 and belong to the "public women" of Holland. Meaning the carved statues of females (some famous, mythical goddesses, some famous women, some nameless females) you can find all over Holland in public ... (this one could be a Goddess)
The Plein 1813 square is the largest 19th century monument in the Netherlands. While of an extraordinary monumental urban structure, the really phantastic statues mostly miss its chance to get admired. Crown Prince Willem Frederik, the later King Willem II, is flanked here by 2 women who are not named and figures the personification of "religion" and "history" (created by J.P. Koelman).
This used to be the old PTT-museum and most of the ground floor is still dedicated to that. But it also has a lot on telephony and more..
And it is a great kids museum. There are loads of things you're allowed to touch and try out. Little games on determining which mode of transport was the quickest in a certain time period.. or trying to decipher morse-code...
Entrance fee is 6 euro for adults and 3 euro for kids up to 12. (prices 2004)
Monday to friday it is open from 10-17.
Saturday and sundays from 12-17
Closed on december the 25th and januari the 1st
Locaton Zeestraat 80-82.
The society Bredius also has a vast information on dutch painters.
Apart from the map of info that you receive as a tour guide with a lot of information on the paintings, there is a small tabel in the middle ground floor room with books and such on painters that you can browse through or even read completely if you would feel so inclined.
The main postoffice which is located in the city centre has an original Escher above its counters. It's an original Metamorphose.
And if you ask, you're even allowed to take a picture of it.
The postoffice is opposite the Nieuwe Kerk (new church)
This museum is usually overlooked. People flock to see the Panorama Mesdag. But during his life Mesdag and his wife acquired a vast collection of paintings from dutch and french artists from the 19th century. And the museum is in the house where Mesdag and his wife lived and still breaths that atmosphere.
I was suprised with some of the paintings i found there. Such good works. And besides the paintings there are Dutch and Asian objects on display.. Quite a diversity in one museum...
And it has a nice small garden where in summer you can sit and just relax a bit.
Laan van Meerdervoort 7F
The museum is opened from tuesday till sunday from 12 till 17 hours.
Price: 4 euro (2003)
I spy with my hawk eye ... old canvas pulled up and held together by something ..
Saw this when we came up the stairs to the Panaroma Mesdag, guess it is the original because it is old and faded.
It accentuates the cylindrical form of the panaroma *makes ya kinda dizzy too lol*
De Parade is a traveling theater-festival that goes around the 4 main cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Den Haag) every year. In each city the festival will reside for 2 weeks. And it has everything from new upcoming artist, very experimental stuff and the occasional try-out of big names.. Theater, dance, film, and music are all included. The festival area is furthermore full of places where you can have a bit or something to drink.... And the people.. i can watch them for hours.. the young and hip, the hippies and everything and all in between...
The webside has an english version too
And they have much stuff for kids to do to. Kids theater, or baking 'poffertjes' , a small play ground...
LETTERKUNDIG MUSEUM/KINDERBOEKENMUSEUM ( Lit. Museum/Children's Books Museum) address: Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, Den Haag (The Hague) tel. 070 3339666............www.letmus.nl..............In almost all our museums there are special programmes, games etc. for children and as you can see: they love doing the little tasks and in doing so learn about Art and learn to love ART.
Just walking around the city you can't help but notice all the art that is spread through out. For example this picture was taken in a park - notice the suits hung up in the trees. Very cool!!!
[ boy, skull, car ]
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The most famous author of The Hague was Louis Couperus. His legendary character, Eline Vere, is still sitting on a bench on Banka Square.