De Fundatie Museum in Zwolle opens
Today Princess Beatrix opened the renovated Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle. In the presence of Director Ralph Keuning and architects Hubert-Jan Henket and Janneke Bierman, the Princess visited the opening exhibitions with work by Jeroen Krabbé and Pieter Henket. The opening concluded with lavish celebrations in and round the museum.
In one year's construction time, E.L. De Coninck's neoclassical building of 1838 was extended with a futuristic volume on the roof of the former Paleis van Justitie (Palace of Justice). Because of its solitary position, bordering both the built-up city centre and the green canal zone, a superstructure on the roof was the only option for the extension without harming the symmetrical monumentality of the building.
The spectacular extension has resulted in 1000 m2 of exhibition
space. An atrium to the existing entrance hall links old with new.
On the northern side daylight floods through an enormous, glazed
pane into the new exhibition floors and visitors have a panoramic
view of Zwolle's city centre.
The egg-shaped volume is clad with 55,000 blue-and-white ceramic elements produced by Koninklijke Tichelaar in Makkum and it is guarded by a golden dove by Marte Roling.
The opening exhibition in the extension entitled The Way I See It is by Pieter Henket, son of Hubert-Jan Henket and a celebrated photographer from New York. As of Saturday 1 June the renovated museum is open to the public.
Below is a selection from the publicity about the opening:
Volkskrant 31-05-13: recensie
Algemeen Dagblad 31-05-13: artikel
NRC Handelsblad 30-05-13: recensie
Nederlands Dagblad 07-06-13: recensie
Holland Doc radio 02-06-13: portret
Radio 1 Journaal 31-05-13: reportage
Een Vandaag 29-05-13: portret HJ. en P. Henket
Kunststof 29-05-2013: radio interview Pieter Henket
Dakenraad 02-07-13: artikel
ArchitectuurNL 25-06-13: artikel
Ar chitectenweb 31-05-13: online artikel
Architectuur.org 30-05-13: online artikel