Design and dynasty / Large summer exhibition of royal art and …

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A royal exhibition in the baroque city palace Fulda pays homage to historical paintings, furniture, jewelery and everyday objects in dialogue with contemporary art, design and fashion from Holland. The big summer exhibition “Design & Dynasty” takes place on the 250th birthday of the first King of Holland, Wilhelm I, who previously reigned as Prince of Fulda, and opens on June 18, 2022.

Everything was taken from the Dutch royal family’s cupboards for this exhibition: magnificent silverware, Meissen and Fulda porcelain, jewelery by the legendary Parisian jeweler Mellerio, the service of state banquets and a unique collection of portrait thumbnails, which has never been seen outside the Netherlands before. Works by contemporary artists, designers and photographers enrich the image.

The exhibition spans 22 palace rooms, the original function of which has been reinterpreted. Well-known Dutch designers like Hella Jongerius, Jan Taminiau and Joep van Lieshout like Scholten & Baijings display objects and designs that harmonize with the building’s baroque style elements and the city palace’s color palette.

photographs of Gemmy Woud Binnendijk, Vincent Mentzel and Erwin Olaf complement the exhibition design. And last but not least, future talents from Meesteropleiding Coupeur, the master class at the famous tailoring school in Amsterdam, have the opportunity to present their designs in these magnificent surroundings.

Why Fulda?

Before Wilhelm (1772-1843) was installed as the first king of the Netherlands, he ruled the German principality of Nassau-Oranien-Fulda from 1802 to 1806. He promoted crafts, trade and technical innovations and modernized the education system. The magnificent German baroque city flourished under his rule, and Fulda began its rise to become the first king of Holland. During the exhibition, various facets of Wilhelm’s personality, his diligence and his Protestant frugality as well as his heritage and the many connections to Germany are highlighted in the historic premises of Fulda City Palace.

The collections

In 1802, the German Eberwein Hofmann began working as a secretary to the Prince of Fulda. He remained in his service even after William became King of Holland. As administrator, Hofmann compiled a register of all royal art purchases, especially paintings and portrait miniatures. The “Hofmann list” shows that the king also arranged museums and libraries as a patron.

Miniatures and porcelain

The miniatures from the royal collections are unique and have never before been shown to the public outside the Netherlands. The depiction of the portrayed and the backgrounds is detailed and true to nature – and at the same time offers a large fashion show with expensive clothes, elaborate hairstyles and sumptuous jewelry. The porcelain from the Fulda factory is often adorned with a medallion of miniature painting: colorful bouquets of flowers, silhouettes, finely drawn portraits in profile, busts of celebrities and sayings. Porcelain is “le dernier cri” and brought about changes in table manners: From the 18th century, the dining tables were covered to abound with plates, bowls, bowls and terrines – preferably from Meissen. You show what you have.

The oranges

The city’s palace and the adjacent baroque district allow visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the oranges. Almost all Dutch queens and kings married members of the German aristocracy: Wilhelm I, Wilhelm III, Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix. The exhibition provides an insight into the Orange-Nassau dynasty, starting with King Wilhelm I and Wilhelmine of Prussia until the present-day King Willem-Alexander and Máxima.

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The concept for the exhibition was developed by Nicole Uniquole on behalf of the city of Fulda. The artistic management is in collaboration with Maarten Spruyt. Reinildis van Ditzhuyzen is responsible for the exhibition texts and a trilingual audio guide.

The exhibition is made possible by the city of Fulda, the Royal Collections, the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, Palast Het Loo, Haus Doorn, Blok Plaatmateriaal, Tarkett / Deso, Solid Nature, Meesteropleiding Coupeur and modern designers, artists and photographers.

Information about the exhibition:

Design and dynasty

250 years of court life in Orange-Nassau

Large summer exhibition 2022

June 18, 2022 – August 25, 2022

Fulda City Palace, Schlossstrasse 1, 36037 Fulda

Opening hours: Daily 10:00 to 18:00

Press contact:

PR Network | Christine Gückel-Daxer, Annette Schäfer | Phone +49 30 61 65 11 55

Fulda Municipality
Press office | Monika Kowoll-Ferries | Phone +49 661 102 1008

Original content from: The city of Fulda, broadcast by news aktuell

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