Museum ”De Buitenplaats”, Eelde
The museum was opened in 1996 by her majesty the queen. The building itself is worth seeing. It is a much discussed example of organic architecture. Cemented walls alternate with neatly piled retaining walls planted with creepers. Flowering roof gardens and colorful borders change into green “outdoor rooms”. The walls of these rooms consist of clipped beech and yew bushes. The museum pavilion and the museum garden as it where frame the exhibitions and podium events. The exhibitions focus on contemporary figurative art, in conjunction with art with other emphases, other countries and other times. In the midst of all this one can enjoy other expressive art forms: from chamber music to complete opera’s, from poetry to salsa.
The garden of museum “de Buitenplaats” was designed by Jørn Copijn and founder Janneke van Groeningen Hazewinkel in mutual cooperation. It has been open to the public since the summer of 2000. The garden has an organic part and a formal part. The organic part is consistent with the architecture of the museum pavilion and extends onto the roof of the museum pavilion. The sculpture garden is also located here. Behind the Nijsinghhuis is the more formal geometric garden with a mirroring pond, apple orchard and spectacular borders with flowers. This part also has the serpentine wall with roses and grapes. Visual lines with water conduits and borders connect both gardens. The many clipped holly, beech and yew bushes create a fresh looking “green architecture” that also offers outside the flower season an aesthetic experience. The garden always has sculpture show.
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