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30 Prinsessegracht
Den Haag, ZH, 2514 AP
Netherlands

Museum Meermanno | Huis van het boek (vroeger Meermanno-Westreenianum) is het oudste boekenmuseum ter wereld. Het is gevestigd in het voormalige woonhuis van de stichter van het museum Willem Hendrik Jacob baron van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) aan de Prinsessegracht in Den Haag en richt zich op het geschreven en gedrukte boek in al zijn vormen, in heden en verleden. De ontwikkeling van de vormgeving van zowel oude als moderne boeken staat daarbij centraal.

Exhibition The exquisite binding

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Exhibition ‘The exquisite binding. Art Nouveau books of Dijsselhof, Lion Cachet and Nieuwenhuis’

22 March - 23 June 2019

Splendid books, artistry and craftsmanship

Introduce yourself to the splendid books, artistry, and craftsmanship of Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof, Carel Adolph Lion Cachet and Theo Nieuwenhuis. A must for all lovers of beautiful books and Art Nouveau.

Exhibition

This spring the House of the Book | Museum Meermanno is celebrating the beauty of Art Nouveau books. The exhibition ‘The exquisite binding. Art Nouveau books of Dijsselhof, Lion Cachet and Nieuwenhuis’ focuses on the work of these three pioneers. Between c. 1890 and 1910 they produced not only magnificent books, certificates and albums, but also furniture in the Art Nouveau style.

Unique masterpieces

Among the works on display are a unique hand-coloured example of Kunst en samenleving by Dijsselhof and the portfolio cabinet by Nieuwenhuis. This was designed to hold the deluxe edition of the Rembrandt portfolio by Lion Cachet. He made this in 1898 on the occasion of the investiture of Princess Wilhelmina as queen. In addition there are many masterpieces from the collections of the Leiden University Library, the Royal Collections, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the museum’s own collection.

Activities

Experience Art Nouveau craftsmanship for yourself in hands-on activities in the exhibition and workshops in the museum’s printing atelier. The museum is also organizing lectures and tours. See: huisvanhetboek.nl

This is an exhibition of the House of the Book, a collaboration of the House of the Book (Museum Meermanno and the KB. National Liberary of the Netherlands) with the University of Leiden.


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