Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned as Queen of the Netherlands between 1980 and 2013 and reverted to using the title of Princess after abdicating in her eldest son’s favour. The Stedelijk Museum in Vianen has taken the occasion of their 50th anniversary to host an exhibition of portraits of the former Queen.
Most of these are official portraits but there are also a few non-official ones. The museum is quite small but nonetheless proud, rightly so, of its items on display. The portraits are simply gorgeous and show the former Queen in all her glory. I think my favourite one was the one in her bridal outfit but the Andy Warhol portrait is simply iconic. However, except for the portrait, the place was pretty empty. Perhaps something more could have been done to fill the space?
I was surprised to actually see some items relating to the exhibition in their shop as it seems museums often forget about this. So kudos for that. Overall, I enjoyed the exhibition and I would recommend it if you’re in the area.
The exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum will run until 31 January 2022. You can find more information here.
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