Local Heart, Global Soul

April 4, 2020

Art And Your Emotions…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Art at the  “Raad voor de rechtspraak” (Council for the Judiciary), doesn’t stop at the window decoration shown in my most recent posts.

In the seating area to the right of the main hallway (the one surrounded by pillars) is a spiral.

Not just a tiny decorative piece in the corner either; this is the biggest spiral I have ever seen, and even better, it’s hanging from the ceiling!

This, at least for me, is a visual wonder.

The design, the warm yellow-y colour of the light-strip inside it, smoothness of the texture, all of this goes against the grain and yet it evokes a feeling that makes me happy.

I can’t touch it but I feel like I want to.

I’m a detail fanatic and there is no detail here, and yet it somehow ticks all of the boxes I equate with stunning Art.

It just goes to show that Art is not just tactile or visual, it also connects with your emotions at some point too.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 11, 2020

Hitched To A Wall…

Whilst out and about during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for Historic Places sites) I discovered the s-Gravenhaagsche_Stadsrijschool (Riding School of The Hague). Before I go inside I also find a horsey ‘clue’, a hitching ring. I love the texture of the ring, the colour of the metal and rust, also the colours and textures of the brick wall behind it. These are therefore destined for my ‘arty’ reference files as well as part of my Monumentendag visits.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 9, 2020

Beautiful Grate In The Brickwork…

Leaving the The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) behind, my next ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ destination is not too far away. On my way however I spy this beautiful ventilation grate in the wall of an old building. The symmetry grabbed my attention, as did the fact that it was round and not just a grated square shape.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 8, 2020

Tile Painting Details…

Following yesterday’s post I am taking a detailed look at what I’m calling (for lack of an official name) a ‘Tile painting’ located in The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in The Hague…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The stork is the official symbol of The Hague… Maybe the crown is featured here because The Hague is the Seat of Government? (Amsterdam is the Capital),… and lions possibly because they feature on the Dutch coat of Arms?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Amazing how well the tiles fit together…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The date of the formation of the Club…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Pool or Snooker cues, and Playing Cards, some of the activities here…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Are these croquet mallets? … and pins from the bowling alley…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 7, 2020

I Think I’ll Call It A ‘Tile Painting’…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Netherlands has a national event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open day for Historic Places / some Government buildings/  places like Fire stations /various other organisations / Hofjes / Churches and the like are open to the public.)

For ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ 2019 I made a list of several sites close to one another to visit, and quite by chance, (because this place happened to be located between two of my other choices) and I thought:  ‘It’s on my way, so Why not include it?‘.

This is how I ended up at the The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) of the Hague. I’m delighted I made the decision, as I’ve discovered a place I had no clue existed, and enjoyed the history and architecture.

In what I will call the ‘Reading / Card / Games’ room, located at the back of the King’s Ballroom I found this beautiful artwork on the wall. I’m not sure what the official name is for things like this, I’ve decided to call it a ‘ tile painting‘ because it takes many tiles to complete one image. It’s clearly a commissioned piece with many references to this Club. It’s also a piece where the more you look the more you see…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below) Tiny details, like where the stork’s standing foot holds the end of the ribbon that pokes through the shield…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 23, 2020

An Honour Board: … Of Sorts.

Next I discover what looks to be something of an Honour Board.  It’s unusual though because here we have it in the form of a framed picture. To my knowledge and limited experience of these things, Honour Board are usually large-ish, often dark wood boards put onto the walls of sports clubs or intuitions and feature  columns of names, usually in gold lettering.

The title given to the picture before me reads: “Name List (Honour Roll??)” then, “de ere liden van de ” (the honourable members of the) and then Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) where of course I am visiting. Clearly it is not a list of general members, these must have been important people within this intuition. This may not be on the sort of Honour Board that I am used o seeing, but it’s beautiful just the same.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 22, 2020

Wall To Wall Beauty…

More of the beautiful Pompeii inspired stencilled painting on the walls of the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in The Hague.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 21, 2020

Pompeii Inspiration…

Following yesterday’s post, and that decorations of the King’s Ballroom of  Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) were inspired by those in Pompeii, I naturally needed to zoom in for a closer look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 20, 2020

Pompeii Comes To The Ball…

During the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag'(Open day for Historic Places sites around the Netherlands), and I visited the Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) in the Hague. There are regional booklets produced for this event, my guidebook is an A5 sized book where each page showcases one of the sites, shows a photograph and gives a short blurb about the history / main features etc. The text is in both Dutch and English, the English reads:

The Sociëteit De Vereeniging meeting room is decorated in an eclectic style, in which the walls and ceiling are covered with ornamental and figurative paintings. In the architecture sections of the walls one can clearly see the elevation that occurred in 1885. The paintings were stencilled onto the walls in-between the marble pillars. They depict elegant Baroque figures that are based on wall decorations in Pompeii.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 18, 2020

The King’s Ballroom: Look Up!

Catching our attention in yesterday’s post, the King’s Ballroom boasts a skylight that immediately captures the attention of whoever enters. I was visiting during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ sites.(Open day for Historic Places), and as an enthusiast of old architecture, the Hague’s Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) this sort of thing is exactly up my street!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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