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Highlights 2021

Ode to the Frisian Landscape

Maria Louise, prinses van Oranje-Nassau

Ceramics Museum Princessehof
From 20 June 2021

An intimate exhibition in the city palace offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the eventful life of Marie Louise van Hesse-Kassel. Using portraits, prints, drawings and a many-branched House of Orange family tree, it quickly becomes clear that Marie Louise was crucial in preserving the Orange dynasty. The Maria Louise exhibition is a permanent part of the museum and, together with the period room and the updated Escher exhibition, highlights its fascinating history.

Son et Lumière

Ceramics Museum Princessehof
Starts on 9 June

The Princessehof Ceramic Museum owes its name to one of the ancestors of our royal family: Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Princess of Orange-Nassau. In the summer of 2021, the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics presents Maria Louise was here. Over eight summer weekends, visitors can enjoy poetic Son et Lumière shows three late evenings per week in the palace garden where video, music and light come together. A COVID-proof open-air event in the heart of Leeuwarden’s historic city centre. The summer evening spectacles include video projections on the facades of the Princessehof, a specially composed piece of music, special lighting of the garden and an exciting fringe programme.


Fries Museum
Starting from 11 September 2021

In the autumn of 2021, the outstanding collection of (self) portraits from London’s National Portrait Gallery will come to Leeuwarden. Icons: top pieces from the National Portrait Gallery include paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints and drawings by extraordinary artists from around the world, from Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck to Andy Warhol and Marlene Dumas. The subjects of these works include global icons ranging from Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare to Audrey Hepburn, David Beckham and Malala Yousafzai. Based on nearly a hundred masterpieces, Icons explores the complex and fascinating genre of portraiture. Due to a major renovation of the English museum, its world-class collection can be seen in the Netherlands for a limited period of time.

Wadopera Peter Grimes

Starting from September 2021

A unique location for a spectacular opera: the poignant story of fisherman Peter Grimes plays out behind the dike near Paesens-Moddergat. The opera shows the closed, cramped and sometimes small-minded life in a small fishing community. Accompanied by composer Benjamin Britten’s beautiful visual music, conductor Arnaud Oosterbaan and director Paul Carr will transport you to a small community that struggles with itself. An opera with 150 extras, actors, musicians and singers on stage, with the Wad as a backdrop.

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