® Marie Cecile Thijs

Festival ‘Masterly The Hague’

27 Jun 2019

® Marie Cecile Thijs

From 19-22 September New Dutch Design can be seen alongside their Muse, the historical painting that inspired the design. The designers themselves are present and available to the audience. They share their perspective on the historical paintings and invite the audience to see through their eyes. Visitors of Masterly The Hague experience a journey of discovery into beauty and craftsmanship.

When you learn to recognise beauty in everything, your view on the world changes.

Last year Masterly The Hague, with three historic buildings along the Lange Vijverberg, could barely accommodate the vast stream of visitors. Ticket sales had to be temporarily suspended. That is why Masterly The Hague is now expanding with an additional location. The once famous former Restaurant Royal located on the stately Lange Voorhout will open ist doors once more especially for Masterly The Hague.

Each and every room of the four magnificent buildings will be filled with an air of celebration- as if we are awaiting a royal ball in another era. We see portraits of princes and princesses, stunningly styled ladies, extravagantly clad gentlemen and opulently laid out tables. Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parme, Hester van Eeghen, Fransje Killaars and many other Dutch designers created sparkling jewels, luxury handbags, gilded leather room dividers and shiny ceramics. All their designs are shown alongside the historical paintings in a fairy tale setting, styled by Maarten Spruyt.

The Hague painter Jan ten Compe was the first to depict Huis ten Bosch palace, after an extensive renovation 250 years ago. Recently King Willem Alexander and his family moved into this The Hague palace. The painting, privately owned, will be shown publicly for the first time during Masterly The Hague. Together with the designs it inspired Bibi Smit, Veld and Vaas, Orange or Red and Meisterwerke to create.

Curator Nicole Uniquole is hosting a very important guest this year: the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK). The oldest academy in the Netherlands produces new fashion designers every year. Commissioned by Masterly The Hague the KABK students render their interpretation of the cornucopia of clothing in the Orange-Naussau paintings from the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation. All year long the students worked on their costumes, which will all be on show during the festival.