Wonder Rooms is the first Dutch museum for juveniles in the basement of the Municipal Museum. Here the teenagers can experience in a relaxed way how enriching and surprising art can be. One of the aims is to teach this target group how to enjoy art. Enjoyment and better understanding is the objective. An environment has been created in the Wonder Rooms that stimulates understanding of themes that form the basis of art, but also specifically allow room for people’s own thoughts and imagination. Furthermore, an increasing number of elderly people are also finding their way to the basement.
In the central area the focus is placed on the museum’s collection. The exhibition is not arranged on a history of art basis, but on the basis of association and visual quality: it is a question of (the enjoyment of) looking, without any historical element: black, white, blue, red, gold, man, woman, flower, etc. The exhibition is surrounded by 13 theme rooms, the Wonder Rooms, in which modern art and architecture are presented in an unexpected way. Different media specialists were involved for this purpose. Each room is a world on its own and a wide diversity of topics are presented, such as Delft blue as a copy of Asian pottery, the world of Makkum tiles and the influence of the crinoline and the corset.
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