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Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Coordinates: 52°5′23″N 4°16′50″E / 52.08972°N 4.28056°E / 52.08972; 4.28056
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Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Museum building designed by H.P. Berlage
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Former names
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Gemeentemuseum
Established29 May 1866 (1866-05-29)
LocationStadhouderslaan 41
The Hague, Netherlands
Coordinates52°5′23″N 4°16′50″E / 52.08972°N 4.28056°E / 52.08972; 4.28056
TypeArt museum
Visitors87.412 (2021)[1]
DirectorMargriet Schavemaker (from 1 June 2024)
ArchitectHendrik Petrus Berlage

The Kunstmuseum Den Haag is an art museum in The Hague in the Netherlands, founded in 1866 as the Museum voor Moderne Kunst. Later, until 1998, it was known as Haags Gemeentemuseum, and until the end of September 2019 as Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. It has a collection of around 165,000 works, over many different forms of art. In particular, the Kunstmuseum is renowned for its large Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. Mondrian's last work, Victory Boogie-Woogie, is on display at the museum.

The current museum building was constructed between 1931 and 1935, designed by the Dutch architect H.P. Berlage.[2]

The KM21 (museum for contemporary art) and Fotomuseum Den Haag (The Hague museum for photography) are part of the Kunstmuseum, though not housed in the same building and with a separate entrance fee.[3][4]

The new director Margriet Schavemaker started on 1 June 2024.[5] She replaces Benno Tempel, who left as of 1 November 2023.[6]


Barack Obama visiting the museum in 2014

Modern art[edit]

The museum's collection of modern art includes works by international artists (Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Frank Stella, Lee Bontecou, Henri Le Fauconnier and many others) and Dutch artists (Constant, Vincent van Gogh, Johan Jongkind, Pyke Koch, Piet Mondriaan, Charley Toorop, Jan Toorop, and many others).[7]

Pottery and Glass art[edit]

The Kunstmuseum has one of the largest collections of Dutch Delftware in the world. Selected pieces of the collection are on display at the a permanent gallery which represent Dutch art in the 'Golden Age'.[8] The museum also holds one of the largest collections of Persian ceramics and glasses in Europe.[9]

Print Room[edit]

The museum has a collection of 19th- and 20th-century prints, posters and drawings, containing around 50,000 items. It comprises works by Dutch artists such as Co Westerik and Jan Toorop, as well as works by Rodolphe Bresdin, Ingres, Paul Klee, Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon and others. A selection is on view in the print room.[7]


The collection of fashion items, accessories, jewellery, drawings and prints includes historical items as well as modern ones by designers such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Gabrielle Chanel, André Courrèges, John Galliano and Fong Leng. For reasons of conservation items are only shown at temporary exhibitions.[7]


The music collection includes a large collection of musical instruments and a music library, with an emphasis on European music.[7] The collection mainly includes fortepianos, wind and plucked string instruments. Also, there are instruments from other cultures and contemporary electronic instruments. In addition, the collection includes prints, posters, drawings and photographs relating to 'performance practice'. Part of the collection came from the Scheurleer Music History Museum, that lasted from 1905 to 1935, and was purchased after the bankruptcy of Scheurleer & Zoonen in 1932.[10]


The museum has around 25 to 30 exhibitions per year.[11] In 2021 and 2022 exhibitions have included Portuguese painter Paula Rego, Basque fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga and English potter and artist Grayson Perry.[12] The 2021 exhibition Monet: The Garden Paintings was voted as the best museum exhibition in the Netherlands.[13][14]

Images from the museum[edit]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) (PDF) Jaarverslag 2021, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, 2021. Retrieved on 2022-11-23.
  2. ^ "Haags Gemeentemuseum (rijksmonument #461450)". Monumentenregister (in Dutch). Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.
  3. ^ "Voorpagina". www.km21.nl.
  4. ^ Haag, Fotomuseum Den. "Voorpagina". www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl.
  5. ^ "Kunstmuseum Den Haag krijgt met Margriet Schavemaker een feministische directeur die de hele stad wil bereiken".
  6. ^ "Benno Tempel nieuwe Algemeen directeur Kröller-Müller Museum". krollermuller.nl. 2023-07-27. Retrieved 2023-10-12.
  7. ^ a b c d "Kunstmuseum Den Haag - Hét museum voor moderne kunst in Nederland te Den Haag". Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
  8. ^ "Delftware WonderWare". Kunstmuseum Den Haag. November 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Persian Ceramics: Treasure of The Hague Municipal Museum | گنجینه سرامیک های ایرانی در موزه شهرداری لاهه". December 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Van der Riet, Marlies (2014). "Daniël François Scheurleer, De laatste jaren van een haags cultuurmecenas. Tijdschrift Van De Koninklijke Vereniging Voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis". pp. 144–175. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Archief | Kunstmuseum Den Haag". www.kunstmuseum.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  12. ^ "Paula Rego". Kunstmuseum Den Haag (in Dutch). 2021-05-28. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  13. ^ B.V, Museumtijdschrift. "Vorige winnaars". Museumtijdschrift (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  14. ^ "Grayson Perry". Kunstmuseum Den Haag (in Dutch). 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2022-11-23.

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