22 July 2014
The beautiful and conveniently arranged website of Galerie Dick van Stralen informed me that its collection consists of more than 300 oilpaintings and watercolours by well-known artists of the 19th and 20th century. Among them I found a Herman Brood. I asked Mr van Straten “Does Herman fit in?” and he answered that he also has a small collection of modern art (Corneille among others). The art gallery with its modern interior is housed in the monumental building Javastraat 72. It contains 140 m2 exhibition space where one can admire landscapes, seascapes, a great number of paintings from the Romantic period and the “Haagse School”. Mr van Straten told me that he has been an art dealer more than 25 years: “I grew up with it. My father collected paintings, a large number of them landed in his restaurant in Rijswijk. The commercial spirit became manifest in me at an early age: when I was very young I sold renovated mopeds to my friends. For many years I worked from home and I work with well-established auctioneers.  September 2013 we set up this gallery on Javastraat. These days a substantial amount of the sales, both within The Netherlands and abroad, are made via the website. “The gallery contains a general room, a room for the ‘Haagse School’ and an ‘Asia room’. I specialize in art made by Dutch painters who lived and worked in the former Dutch East Indies and Asia. Those paintings are very colourful. They are in demand and with the growing of the economies in East Asia many of them find their way back to the Far East. “We also do restorations. I myself clean the pictures. Usuallye cleaning  the surface suffices to make a picture bright again. When more is needed I contract it out to my restorer.” Opening hours: Thursday thru Sunday, 12.00 – 17.00 hrs. Every Sunday one can get a free taxation or advice for restoration. According to Mr van Straten these are very popular, because it draws many visitors. Are you looking for a beautiful painting to match your new sidetable or decorate an empty wall? Have a look at the website www.galeriedickvanstraten.nl and then visit Javastraat 72. 21 July 2014, Josephine de Vijlder 

Up to and including 31 August 2014 the young artist Lisa Droes shows the work she made for the  final exam at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht: a colourful panorama of attractive drawings that depict the visions of the future that children have. The title is “Ik zie, ik zie, wat jij niet ziet” (I see what you don’t see). She interviewed children between 7 and 10 years old and asked them what their future world will look like. What will children experience one day in the future? The response came in lovely stories: “In the future houses will have engines sothat we can live anywhere we want”, but also about time travel, high tech spectacles like the Googles glasses and many more exciting things. The result is a panorama with a circumference of 11 metres, in the centre of which children can work on small tasks that teach them to look attentively and use their imagination.

For different age groups the childrens’ panorama can be combined with an extraordinary memory game, a search, a colouring picture or exciting interactive drawing apps. Of course children are invited to leave their own vision of the future on the panorama or to make a future selfie.

For more information please contact: Helma Doorman of Marije Beckers via email:  info@panorama-mesdag.com

Pictures can be  downloaden via www.panorama-mesdag.com. Then use  button: Pers en gebruikersnaam: Pers en wachtwoord: PersK2

Panorama Mesdag, Zeestraat 65, Den Haag, tel:  070-3106665

Opening hours: Monday thru Saturday  10-17 hrs, Sunday 12-17 hrs.

A first impression on  website www.ikzieikzie.nu

 13 July 2014, CJP


 13 July 2014, CJP


1. The Peace Palace

Peace PalaceBuilt in the spirit of international peace and opened in 1913, the Peace Palace is one of The Hague’s most popular sights. It is home to the International Court of Justice and other judicial institutions, as well as the Peace Palace Library. Visitors can check out the Visitors Centre for a first insight into the history of this impressive building, while guided tours of the palace itself are only available on selected weekends.

2. The New City Hall

Nickname the ‘Ice Palace’ due to its architectural design and white color scheme, The Hague’s New City Hall has been designed as an open, dynamic and welcoming meeting space and it is up to the public to bring color into the hall and its atrium in particular. As such, you can during your life in The Hague (more info on InterNations.org) not only find the various municipal offices there, but also enjoy social, cultural, educational or commercial activities, from fashion shows to concerts.

3. Grote Kerk and the Old City Hall

Both the Old City Hall and its neighbor the Grote Kerk stand in stark contrast to such modern buildings and are grand examples of the city’s history and architecture. The Old City Hall is a striking 16th century, Renaissance styled building that – even if no longer the seat of local government – is still a favorite location and regularly used for civic weddings. And the 15th century Grote Kerk has similarly played its part in defining The Hague’s cityscape with its hexagonal tower and stained glass windows.

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The Mauritskade and its extension the Dr. Kuyperstraat will be closed to all traffic starting on 2 June between the Koningskade and the Denneweg. The streets will be closed for more than 1 year until 28 August 2015. The Mauritskade bridge will be replaced and the Dr. Kuyper dam will be replaced by a bridge.

The work is needed because the structures are old and were never built to carry heavy traffic. The Mauritskade bridge is more than a century old and stems from the time of the horse and buggy. It will be completely remodelled.

The Dr. Kuyper dam, created 50 years, now forms blockade in the waters of the Koninginnegracht and will be replaced by a bridge. Once it is completed in the autumn of 2014 tour boats and  sloops will be able to sail under the bridge all the way to Scheveningen.

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800 to 900 children can take part. A great number of capable volunteers, students at Pabo and Halo, will be there to give the children an attractive week programme. As these children come from very different backgrounds, these holiday activities are very important for the integration.

Daily programme: Every day the children are brought by bus from various pick-up points to the holiday- and attraction park. There they are divided into five age-groups; about 25 children per group. Under the guidance of the Pabo and Halo students they take part in all kinds of activities. They can play in the Duinrell attractions or join in a whole range of other activities like play-acting, sports, music, handicraft, survivals and even a teenage night.

18  June 2014, FH