Portret-paviljoen Duivenvoorde Portrait-pavilion

Maquette van het Portret-paviljoen/model of the Portrait-pavilion (ontwerp/design: Jarrik Ouburg & Paulien Bremmer)

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Op 16 en 23 oktober, twee opeenvolgende zaterdagen, vormt het eeuwenoude Kasteel Duivenvoorde tussen 12:00 en 20:00 uur het decor voor een experimenteel programma met kunst en live optredens in reactie op de unieke collectie (familie)portretten. Deze twee ‘Dagen van Duivenvoorde’ vinden plaats ter gelegenheid van het 50-jarig jubileum van dit museum.

Middelpunt van deze dagen is het zogenaamde Portret-paviljoen, een ontwerp van architecten Jarrik Ouburg en Paulien Bremmer, waarmee we oude meesterwerken en hedendaagse portretten met elkaar confronteren in de imposante Marotzaal. Hieronder leggen we kort het concept van deze twee dagen én de werking van dit spiegelobject uit.

Meer informatie over het programma volgt op korte termijn, maar noteer bovenstaande data alvast in je agenda.


On October 16 & 23, two consecutive Saturdays, the ancient Duivenvoorde Castle will become the setting for an experimental programme full of art and live performances between noon and 8 pm, in reaction the unique collection of (family)portraits. These two ‘Days of Duivenvoorde’ take place on the occasion of the museum’s 50th anniversary.

The focal point during these two days is the so-called Portrait-pavilion, a design by architects Jarrik Ouburg and Paulien Bremmer, enabling the confrontation of old masterpieces and contemporary portraits in the impressive Marotzaal. The following image explains briefly how the two days and the mirror object work.

More information concerning the programme will follow shortly, but make sure you save the dates.

By Michiel — Posted September 26, 2010 — 12,521 Comments

Duivenvoorde 2: get ready for the next episode..

After the fairytale-ish midsummer night edition of the Nacht van Duivenvoorde, the beta-version of the critically acclaimed mini arts festival in and around Museum Duivenvoorde Castle (Kasteel Duivenvoorde) last June, we are now making preparations for another edition in October. Thanks to a generous grant from the SNS REAAL Fund we are able to broaden and deepen our contribution to the yearlong celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2010, trying to open up this hidden world to new forms of art and to a wider audience.

Live performance by sound artists Machinefabriek and Wouter van Veldhoven at Duivenvoorde Castle on June 26, 2010.

Taking the vast and rare collection of family portraits as our starting point, we will concentrate future activities in and around the castle’s richly decorated grand ballroom, aka ‘the Marotzaal‘ after the famous French architect Daniel Marot (1661–1752). The walls are covered with life-size portraits of former residents dating back to the 16th and 17th century. They will serve as a backdrop for an innovative art installation and series of events that focus on the use of portraits in the arts and science throughout the ages.

The grand ballroom, aka ‘The Marotzaal’ at Duivenvoorde Castle, serving as an exhibition space and events platform in October.

For the design and realisation of the art installation we have teamed up with Jarrik Ourburg and Paulien Bremmer, two young Dutch architects who both work at the intersection of architecture, heritage and art.  They recently won the 1st prize in an international competition for their daring design for the transformation of an old military barack, the UNESCO-listed Genieloods at Kunstfort Vijfhuizen near the Dutch city of Haarlem, into a center for contemporary art.

Winning design for the Genieloods at Kunstfort Vijfhuizen.

At Duivenvoorde they will develop a temporary spatial intervention that on the one hand will intensify physical qualities and aesthetics of the the existing interior and at the same time will add radically new forms and viewpoints. Drawing inspiration from different ideas and examples, ranging from SANAA’s design school at Zollverein and Jan de Cock‘s and Krijn de Koning‘s art installations to technological breakthroughs in face detection and recognition software and social media applications, we will try to push the limits of what museum innovation can be.

Curious? Save the date: the art installtion opens on Saturday 16 October and the grand finale takes place on Saturday 23 October..

By Michiel — Posted August 20, 2010 — 8,402 Comments