Opening provincial house

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Opening by the King
The renovation was completed after two years and this month the renovated main building will be officially inaugurated by the King. On 10 September, there will be an open day. In buildings A and B, there was already art on display. Visitors and employees can now view and experience the collection once more in the renovated main building of the provincial house. The collection has been organised in three themes: ‘Heritage of the future’, ‘Working together on South-Holland’ and ‘Dutch skies’.

New depot
‘Five years ago, we stored our collection at the Archeologic depot in Alphen aan de Rijn’, says Rik van den Burg, project member of the housing department at the Province of South-Holland, in a special publication by the province. ‘The conditions for art storage were far from ideal. So when we had decided to re-establish the collection, the first thing we did was to transport it to a museal storage box specifically designed for the province of South Holland. From there, we started with the restoration.’

After the renovation, there no longer existed a separate room for exhibitions. The former gallery that was used to this end has become part of the States’ room. ‘But there are many possibilities in the corners of the building. And the users of the building will definitely get a say in that.’

Graffiti and commissioned art
The spot with graffiti art on the building fences is new. ‘We had three ‘jams’, with different themes: the resistance during World War II, graffiti through the ages and South-Holland/The Hague. A number of works is still on display in ‘the mayor’s alley’, that leads from the parking garage to building C. With the artists’ permission of course.’ And especially for this hallway, three new panels were commissioned that tell us more about South-Holland and the province’s task. In short, the art is back for everyone to enjoy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ animation=”zoomIn” animation_delay=”0.2″ class=”col-sm-3 column-left”][vc_column_text]


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Opening provincial house The Hague

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