An Excursion

I just came back from an excursion around the Netherlands organized by Rijks. This year, we also visited Essen, Germany, to see the factory which was operating when Essen was the most prosperous industrial city of Europe back in the 19th century. We have this kind of excursions four or five times a year. Participation is not mandatory, but as the fee is generally cheap, and as I am generally a stay-at-home person, they offer good opportunities to visit different places.

This was our travel plan. If you are planning a trip to the Netherlands and Germany, it may be useful.

Day One:
De Hallen (Haarlem, the Netherlands)
A museum of contemporary art. Not so big. There was a show by Jörg Immendorff, Jonathan Meese and Julika Rudelius.

Panorama Mesdag (The Hague, the Netherlands)
A museum which has a collection of Hendrik Willem Mesdag, the 19-century Dutch painter, whose life was devoted to the research on the laws of perspective.
A 360-degree panorama landscape painting on the first floor is what you should not miss. Utterly Great.

Museum De Pont (Tilburg, the Netherlands)
A museum of contemporary art of an outstanding quality in the Netherlands.

Day Two:
Zollverein (Essen, Germany)
A big factory which used to be a coal factory in the 19th century. The factory was closed down in 1958 and now it is a UNESCO monument of 20th century architecture. Within the factory site, there was a project space showing the works of Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, and also a design museum. I enjoyed it.

Kurhaus Kleve (Kleve, Germany)
A museum of contemporary art. Not so big, but it is known for its good collection. When we visited, there was a solo exhibition of Lothar Baumgarten.

Day Three:
Giethoorn (the Netherlands)
This is a small village in the Netherlands, often described as ‘Venice of the North.’ There are lots of farm buildings from old days, one of which is now a museum that introduces a Dutch farming life. The film Fanfare (1958) is set in this village.

Museum De Paviljoens (Almere, the Netherlands)
A museum of contemporary art, located about 20 minutes away from Amsterdam on train. There was a big group show of young Dutch painters. An interesting show.

The Land art projects (the Netherlands)
They are showing some land art projects that took place in the Netherlands, such as by Richard Serra, Daniel Liebeskind, Robert Morris.


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