Be surprised by a walkthrough art experience with 40 rooms and a rooftop bar. Alternate future design with Van Gogh's masterpieces and treasures from the Rijksmuseum. North Brabant, famed for its hospitality, will be setting the tone in 2019 with experiences that belong on everyone's bucket list.
A queen’s gown on display in Bergen op Zoom
The Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom is the oldest town palace in the Netherlands and one of the most impressive examples of its kind in Europe. So it’s no surprise that the largest art museum in the country, the Rijksmuseum, chose this Brabant location for its travelling exhibition ‘Low countries, treasures from the Rijksmuseum', with masterpieces by landscape painters such as Jacob van Ruysdael and Paul Gabriël. The show stopper is the unsurpassed gown that was worn by her majesty Queen Máxima for the opening of the parliamentary season in 2009, created by the Brabant designer Jan Taminiau. This Rubia gown was dyed with the root of the common madder, a plant that grows near Bergen op Zoom, and is part of the element ‘earth’ – the travelling exhibition’s theme. The exhibition presents a great opportunity to see more of this historical town and to walk in the Brabantse Wal countryside. Fort de Roovere is not to be missed with its ‘invisible’ Mozes bridge and the Pompejus watchtower, an architectural icon.
‘Low countries, treasures from the Rijksmuseum’ can be seen from 17 February to 9 June 2019.
Lose yourself in Doloris, Tilburg’s unique design labyrinth
The creative town of Tilburg is buzzing and bubbling and surprising visitors at every turn. Design labyrinth Doloris will be adding to the town’s artistry from 1 May 2019. That date will see the opening of a surrealist universe in the middle of downtown with 40 rooms to lose yourself in. A walkthrough art experience with a rooftop bar and a vast view over the city as its crescendo. This spectacular ‘leap into the unknown’ is a great match for Tilburg’s other original sights. There’s the urban Spoorzone, an industrial location which boasts food trucks, craft breweries and organic coffeehouses, or the Textielmuseum with its creative textile lab. There’s also Koningshoeven abbey; this Trappist monastery is part of the lovely bicycle experience route ‘Taste the five Trappist beers’ which starts in Tilburg.
Doloris can be experienced from 1 May 2019.
A new perspective on Vincent van Gogh in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Zundert was the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh, Tilburg was where this master painter learned to draw and Eindhoven boasts the twinkling Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, inspired by the painting ‘Starry Night’. North Brabant is without a doubt Vincent’s Homeland. A wonderful addition is the exhibition Van Gogh’s Inner Circle which will be presented in Het Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch this autumn. An examination of his social life, his family and his friendships with fellow artists will shine a new light on the artist’s life and character. In the vicinity of ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Van Gogh Heritage Centres in Nuenen, Etten-Leur and Zundert offer an even more up-close-and-personal look into Vincent’s life. And to top it off the 39 Van Gogh monuments in North Brabant can be discovered by bike via the 350-km-long Van Gogh bicycle network.
Van Gogh’s Inner Circle can be viewed from 21 September 2019 until 12 January 2020
Markiezenhof Bergen op Zoom
Het Noordbrabants Museum
Find inspiration at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven
Eindhoven is undoubtedly the Dutch design capital. The city is home to the Design Academy and the Dutch Design Week (DDW). This, Northern Europe’s largest design event with a hundred thousand visitors, presents new work and exciting concepts by more than 2600 designers. Spread around about one hundred locations there are also exhibitions, presentations and trendy parties. Such a thrilling visit to Eindhoven should be matched by a designer hotel, so it is only fitting for us to recommend Hotel The Match. This guesthouse will be opening in January 2019 and is situated in the authentic neighbourhood De Bergen.
Dutch Design Week can be visited from 19 to 27 October 2019.
Learning about and experiencing WW2 dilemmas with Brabant Remembers
Stories deserve to be told, and stories about the Second World War perhaps doubly so. Brabant Remembers has collected 75 personal and life-changing stories and presents them in the form of 75 experiences which together lead up to the 75-year anniversary of the liberation of the south of the Netherlands. The stories are brought into the present by placing the dilemmas the people faced in the past in the Brabant landscape of today. This cultural and innovative programme will start with the Dilemma Labyrinth near Bergen op Zoom. This labyrinth will be located between two military cemeteries and will be opening on D-day, 6 June 2019. An eye-catching part of Brabant Remembers is the living history app in which 30 actors bring ten WW2 stories to life, linked to places from the war. Users of the app will literally be presented with a choice.
Brabant Remembers can be experienced 365 days a year.
Fotocredits: Marc Bolsius