From 18 November 2017 till 4 March 2018
Reading is not just looking, it also involves turning pages, touching, seeing and remembering, concentrating and responding. How does reading work, actually? How unique an activity is leafing through a book? What different kinds of reading can be distinguished, now that we read more and more on screens? How do you cope, as a reader, with words, sounds and images coming at you at the same time? And how do art and industry respond to these developments? All this will be explored in a new kind of interactive exhibition with books.
Visit Museum Meermanno the oldest book museum in the world and wander around the former residence of Baron van Westreenen (1783- 1848).
Museum Meermanno in The Hague is the oldest book museum in the world and located centrally on The Hague’s stately Prinsessegracht, presents a very special collection, from medieval manuscripts to modern book design. The museum focuses on the written and printed books in the past and present. The external form and the development of the design of books are central. The museum manages an exquisite collection of books from all periods of Western book history. Want to know more about the collection? Please click here.
The House of a collector
The name Meermanno-Westreenianum refers to two individuals who were associated with the museum from the very beginning. The most important is Baron W.H.J.van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) who built up his vast collection in this house, which was his residence. His second cousin and important source of inspiration, Johan Meerman (1751-1815), also owned an impressive collection of books, a part of which was taken up into the collection of Van Westreenen. After the death of Van Westreenen, the house and his entire collection became the property of the state. In 1852, the house was opened to the public as a museum.
Upcoming 22 MRT- 24 JUN 2018 Exhibition 'Porn on Paper.'
18 NOV 2017 - 4 MRT 2018 EXHIBITION 'THE ART OF READING: FROM WILLIAM KENTRIDGE TO WIKIPEDIA'
3 OKT - 18 FEB 2018 EXHIBITION 'XTRA SMALL. MINIATURE BOOKS IN MUSEUM MEERMANNO'
OPEN SCRIPTORIUM WRITE LIKE A MONK
OPEN PRINTING ATELIER
01 JAN - 31 DEC 2018
01 - 31 DEC 2018
EXHIBITION FROM LEAD TO LED