22 March through 24 June 2018
In this exhibition at Museum Meermanno, the exciting, yet mostly hidden, story of Dutch pornography will be brought to life. By means of hundreds of books, magazines and podcasts the visitor will experience the relationship between pornography and society. The back and forth movements between taboo and tolerance, openness and secrecy are recurring themes throughout the centuries. This is not only the history of arousing and forbidden texts and illustrations, but also that of the influence of the church and political institutions, of criticism, legislation and censorship and the struggle against those powers. The exhibition is open to visitors 18 years and older.
10 April through 10 June 2018
Designer and illustrator Max Kisman (Doetinchem, 1953) made his reputation as a pioneer in the use of digital technology in graphic design. In a career spanning almost forty years, he has worked for clients such as Paradiso, VPRO television, the Volkskrant and the Financieele Dagblad in addition to teaching typography and illustration.
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.