Art Deco? I can hear you think. Yes. But there’s more than Art Deco. Though this fair actually features (applied) art from 1880 to 1980, the bulk of it is Art Nouveau, Amsterdam School and Art Deco.
The last time I visited the fair was in 2016 (you can read my review here). I honestly regretted that the event discontinued after that, because lots of interesting galleries always participated.
Apparently more people felt that way: a few of the old participants joined forces and decided to give it a go… and organise the fair once more. And thus, the Art Deco 2.0 fair was born.
We arrived one hour after the opening and it was chock-full. There were people everywhere! Just unbelievable how crammed it was in some booths. As if these visitors had all been waiting for three years until they could finally indulge again…
To give you an overall impression of the fair I have photographed just a few of the objects I liked. Hoping of course, that my pictures can whet your appetite? But beware if you intend to go, there’s a lecture every day at 11:00 AM. So if you’ld like to hear those lectures, make sure you get there in time.
- 14 feb – Art Nouveau en De Stijl: de moderniteit ontsnappen of omarmen?
by Jan de Bruijn, head curator at Artmuseum Den Haag
- 15 feb – Amsterdamse school
by Frans Leidelmeijer, the éminence grise of Dutch applied art 1880-1980
- 16 feb – Haagse school
by Ernst van Alphen en Jan de Bruijn
Vereniging Vrienden Nieuwe Kunst 1900
At booth nr. 15, I finally signed up for the Vereniging Vrienden Nieuwe Kunst 1900. The VVNK is a Dutch association for lovers of art, crafts and architecture from 1880 – 1940. The purpose of the VVNK is to deepen the knowledge of its members, arouse interest and promote study and publication. Members are laymen and professionals, partly descendants of artists, who are specifically interested in art from the above-mentioned period. The association publishes a magazine and organises excursions. And it hands out grants to students.
Museum Het schip and Scheepvaarthuis, Amsterdam
And there’s also a booth with information about Museum Het Schip, a social housing complex designed by architect Michel de Klerk. This world-renowned expressionist building is popularly known as The Ship because of the particular shape in which it has been constructed. It has since become an icon of the Amsterdam School architecture movement. Museum Het Schip offers an hourly guided tour which takes you around and inside the building. The tour starts with a reconstructed slum dwelling to tell you more about life in the slums of the city before the Housing Act was passed in 1901. During the tour you will also visit the former post office and a museum apartment inside the housing complex. After our talk with the very knowledgable lady at this booth we decided to put our trip to this museum a bit higher on our to-do list and combine our visit with a tour of the Scheepvaarthuis.
So all things considered, we had a wonderful day. We discovered beautiful works of art, ran into lots of friendly faces and utterly enjoyed ourselves. And the good news is that the fair runs two more days. So if you have a chance to go to The Hague this weekend, do yourself a favour… and go.
The Art Deco 2.0 Fair
Venduehuis der Notarissen, Nobelstraat 5, The Hague
Friday 14 – Sunday 16 Februari 2020
My favorite Links
Antes Art 1900
Art Deco Amersfoort
Art Deco Glass Amsterdam
Art Deco Kooymans
De Bedstee Antiek en Curiosa
Het Ware Huis
Museum Het Schip
P & J Honsbeek