De Hallen is Haarlem’s museum of modern and contemporary art. The art on display at De Hallen Haarlem covers a broad range of works created by the masters of modern art. In addition to this permanent collection, the museum organises three temporary exhibitions each year. These provide a platform for young Dutch and foreign artists who represent the most current developments in modern art.
The De Hallen Haarlem collection includes over ten thousand works that together offer a comprehensive overview of pre-WWII, post-WWII and contemporary modern art. The artists in the collection represent a mix of local artists and world-famous modernists, including Piet Mondrian. You will find paintings, sculptures and ceramics but De Hallen has been focusing on photography and motion pictures since 2001.
A remarkable building was completed on the Grote Markt early in the 17th century. This building, decorated with countless ornaments and a beautiful stepped gable, was Haarlem’s new ‘vleeshal’ or public fresh meat market. It is a monument in Dutch Renaissance style that today houses De Hallen museum. Its architecture is well worth an extended visit even without the art and workshops offered by the museum.