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Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

  • Leeuwarden, Netherlands
  • Museum
Keramiekmuseum Princessehof Leeuwarden
Contact
Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
Phone:
+31 (0)582948958
©Ruben van Vliet
Tickets: Adults 12.50 euros, students 9.50 euros, children go free

The Netherlands' foremost ceramics museum, Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, was founded in 1917 and gained its name from the former occupant of the premises, the dowager Princess of Orange, Marie Louise. Built in 1693, the building acquired its artistic energy from a later inhabitant, the Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher. This is clearly reflected in its diverse collection from around the globe, ranging from historical curios to contemporary works, such as Flower holder (circa 1690), Funerary sculpture in the shape of a horse (Tang dynasty), and Visage de Face (Pablo Picasso, 1963).

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The unparalleled exhibits are categorised under seven themes; namely Asia, Europe, Art Nouveau, Frisian Pottery, Modern, Contemporary, and Tiles, which is the largest collection of tiles available on the planet. The museum also houses the largest and most varied collection of Chinese porcelain in the Netherlands. In 2018, the museum was given an interior makeover by a famed interior design firm, i29, who created an intense experience by adding a clear contrast between different sections. The audience can also appreciate the making of ceramics by visiting the former studio of the Dutch ceramist, Jan van der Vaart.

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