Soestdijk Palace is hosting an autumn exhibition based on the lives of the women who once were a part of its life.
A number of royal women are featured, among them: Queen Julania, Anna Pavlovna (wife of King William II), Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (wife of King William III), Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (wife of William IV, Prince of Orange), Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel (wife of John William Friso, Prince of Orange). However, the exhibition begins with the mayor’s wife, Catharina Hooft.
Most of the rooms have one woman as the focus point with a large sign with information. The room then features something modern. While the rooms look lovely, I was confused as to what the aim of the exhibition is. Do you want to focus on the women’s lives? Then, where is the rest of the information or more items related to their life? Even most of the paintings were reproductions. Is the focus supposed to be on the modern art? Then why involve the women at all? I overheard several visitors asking out loud what the common thread was supposed to be.
So, unfortunately, I do not think I can recommend this exhibition, but perhaps I am missing the point. Do decide for yourself. The exhibition will run until 7 January 2024. You can find the visitor information here.