Last Sunday we all woke up early and drove half an hour out of Amsterdam to Wassenaar to visit the newly built Voorlinden Museum. Upon our arrival kids were playing ice hockey on the frozen lake. It was a very cold yet beautiful sunny morning.
Voorlinden Museum is a private museum of contemporary and modern art. The art collection is owned by the Dutch industrialist Joop van Caldenborgh and it is one of the largest private art collection in the Netherlands. The museum opened its doors only few months ago, on September 2016.
The museum building was designed by Dutch architect Dirk Jan Postel. I love the huge floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the fields and garden designed by the renown Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. The design of the museum was inspired by that of the Danish Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the Swiss Fondation Beyeler.
The vast art collection of Joop van Caldenborgh known as the Caldic Collection was built over 40 years.
The collection on display consists of a permanent collection with impressive sculptures by Richard Serra, Roni Horn, Ron Mueck, James Turrell and the walk in Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich. This was a big hit for the children. Also walking inside the Open Ended large scale sculpture by Richard Serra was an incredible experience.
Leandro Erlich, Swimming Pool.
Ron Mueck, Couple under an umbrella.
Also on display from the permanent Caldic collection was Full Moon, an introduction to little more than 40 artworks from various periods, movements and styles.
Esther Tielemans, The Performance 2011:
Tom Friedman, Untitled (Apples) 2012.
The other part of the building is a temporary exhibition by Martin Creed SAY CHEESE. As you enter the museum the first room you see is filled with blow up balloons. Our little Téo who LOVES playing with balloons of all sorts was over excited to 'swim' in this sea of blue balloons!
Oh and we ended up our visit with a delicious and typical Dutch lunch with cheeses and charcuterie!