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New Miniature Museum at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague!

The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague has received a long-term loan of an extensive, unique collection of miniature artworks of some of the most famous artists in the world. With approximately 2000 artworks it’s the largest collection of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague so far.

The international collection of private collectors Ria and Lex Daniëls contains works of internationally known artists like Damien Hirst, George Baselitz, Louise Bourgeois, Annie Leibovitz, Christo, Yves Klein, Marlene Dumas, Yayoi Kusama and Roy Lichtenstein. Also, Dutch artists like Karel Appel, Marte Roling, Rob Scholte, Erwin Olaf, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are represented. To accommodate this extensive collection, a complete new museum has been build, which will open this 16th of November.

The collection of 2000 works, of over 850 artists, from more than 80 different countries, consists of miniature versions of existing or especially manufactured works for the museum. The starting point are works from 10 x 10 x 10 centimeters.

Benno Tempel, director of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, is very proud of the acquisition of the museum. As he says, “The charm of the Miniature Museum is great. But we should not underestimate the artistic quality. Lack of space will not be a limitation, so the Miniature Museum can keep on growing and become a truly great museum.”

Proceeds catalogue for KiKA
Also, the very successful photographer Erwin Olaf, who also has a solo-exhibition at the Miniature Museum, is very pleased. As he says, “Soon after the establishment of the Miniature Museum, they were supporting a great charity: Child’s Cancer Research, KiKA. All proceeds from the sale of the miniature catalogue are going to KiKA. For many world famous artists this has been one of the main reasons to contribute to the imposing collection of the Miniature Museum. It is great that now, the Miniature Museum gets the place it deserves.” 

There is a special miniature catalogue of the Miniature Museum. This catalogue contains a selection of the 2000 works. All proceeds of the catalogue will go to KiKA.

Initiators Ria and Lex Daniëls
The initiative for the Miniature Museum was taken in 1991 by Ria and Lex Daniëls, Amsterdam based art collectors and galleryholders. “What are you going to do when you find 85 miniature artworks while remodelling your home? Hang them on the wall, or as Ria proposed: establish a Miniature Museum. We choose to do the last”, Lex Daniëls said. Lex and his wife Ria saw their modest collection grow to their current collection. Soon, a Miniature Museum followed at the pedriatic oncology department at the AMC Hospital.

Curator Jet van Overeem of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague has effectuated that a completely new building of 16 meters has been designed, which will open at the 16th of November in a festive manner! The museum will be open for public for at least 5 years. See you there!

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