Museum Voorlinden: Wonderment and Philosophical Questions

Museum Voorlinden, which opened in 2016, was created by Joop van Caldenborgh, a businessman and art collector who wanted to share his collection with the world. It houses both temporary collections, as well as (semi-permanent) pieces – such as the enticing swimming pool that you can walk underneath and the heart-warming scene of a larger-than-life older couple lying beneath a beach umbrella that you can’t but circle several times as you take in every tiny, human detail.

On display until May 5, 2020, is To Unravel a Torment, by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). It brings us work from throughout her life, including pieces from her last year, at age 98. As you admire the pieces, it is well worth your while to read the accompanying explanations in the booklet provided by the museum – for they are full of thought, detail and symbolism. Anselm Kiefer’s five pieces, in display until April 15, 2020, lend themselves exceptionally well for interacting with the close presence of nature through the museum’s huge windows.

A visit to this museum will leave you full of wonderment and philosophical questions that will pop up over days to come; in your thoughts, your dreams and in conversations with friends. So be sure to visit museum Voorlinden and surrender to the environment, the artists and their expressions – both in words and objects.

Stephanie Dijkstra
2019 Winter

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