Museum Beelden aan Zee – the only museum in the Netherlands that focuses exclusively on contemporary international sculpture.
The site was known as Von Wied Pavilion, built in 1826 by order of King William I. Museum Beelden aan Zee was built under it, designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist. The underground exhibition space is accommodated in two circular segments, with three ascending terraces for outdoor exhibitions, partly buried in the dunes and hidden from a distant view. The building is a work of art!
Museum Beelden aan Zee was opened in 1994 by sculpture collectors Theo and Lida Scholten who collected rare works of art since late 1960s. Now, it has a collection of two thousand sculptures, reliefs and medals.
According to the website, the museum features works from diverse sculptors such as Armando, Stephan Balkenhol, Iris Le Rütte, Tony Cragg, Per Kirkeby, Giacomo Manzú, Kiki Smith, Igor Mitoraj, Jan Meefout, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Shinkichi Tajiri and Cornelis Zitman. I haven’t got a clue about this!
When translated, Beelden aan Zee means Sculptures by the Sea. Befitting since the building is located just off Scheveningen boulevard, overlooking the North Sea.
Checking out Museum Beelden aan Zee was supposed to be a quick distraction on the way to the beach. The museum was hard to find as it was not very well signposted. The overall museum experience was interesting and yet perplexing. I wish there were more information than the plain title and sculptor. I would certainly welcome the learning opportunity. I don’t get it.
The photos included were taken back in September.
One tip – Depending on weather, bring your coat along inside the museum. You are going to need it when admiring the outdoor museum section.
Website: https://www.beeldenaanzee.nl/en (English)
Address: Harteveltstraat 1. 2586 EL DEN HAAG.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm.
Entrance Fees: Card payment only! €7.00 for adults, €3.50 for kids age 5-15 years old and free entry for children up to 4 years old. Free entry for Museumkaart holders.
Getting There: About 20 minutes with tram 9 from Den Haag Centraal train station direction Scheveningen Noord and alight at Kurhaus stop.
Use https://9292.nl/en to plan your journey