A few weeks ago I was finally able to visit Museum Voorlinden, a contemporary art museum in Wassenaar. Officially opened in September 2016, showcasing Joop van Caldenborgh’s private collection. Also known as the Caldic Collection, the biggest private art collection of The Netherlands.
The Caldic Collection involves pieces collected since the early seventies, and consists of paintings, sculptures, collages and photography works from the 20th century. Think of names like Ai WeiWei, Damien Hirst, James Turrell (Skyspace), Richard Serra (Open Ended) and Ron Mueck (Couple under an umbrella). Next to the continiously collection, they also host temporarily exhibitions. The time I visited the museum brought an ode to artist Ellsworth Kelly, known for his large format paintings in clear shape and colours. The first solo exhibition of the American artist in The Netherlands since 1979. (It’s still on display until January 8 if you like to experience).
In addition to works of famous artists, the museum also impresses with its architecture. Designed by Dirk Jan Postel from Kraaijvanger, the building exists of two layers (upper and underground part). Postel used lots of glass in combination with dune sand coloured stones to decorate the walls. The building perfectly blends in with its nature surroundings. The roof is made of transparent glass, with additional indirect LED lighting incorporated into its construction. By this way the museum ensures that the artworks are being lit in the most natural way, whether it’s on a sunny day or at night. From the inside everything is super spacious, it feels immense. Due to its 7 meters high ceilings, white walls and natural light fall, the artworks seem to float in the rooms. Stunning.
It feels like a little present to have this kind of museum with international vibes in my country. Even though it’s a 2 hour drive for me, I can’t wait to visit again when new projects are up on display. A place where I’m on an art adventure, getting inspired by every inch of it. See a little impression down below, and make sure to visit when you’re around ;)