“Are you a pussycat or a rabbit?” It was definitely one of the weirder questions I got asked this year. But taking into consideration the setting, I guess it was relatively normal. You see, last Tuesday my husband Patrick and I were at a bal masqué to celebrate the opening of BAL! – a new art and design exhibition at Soestdijk Palace. And although I am not one to toot my own horn, I have to say that Patrick and I were dressed to the nines in our matching Eighties tuxedos and pussycat (or rabbit) shaped masks. Enough about us though. BAL! was an absolute blast and I cannot recommend it highly enough if you appreciate art and design presented in an historic location. Let me show you around!
You can visit BAL! at Paleis Soestdijk from Saturday, June 25th 2016 until September 25th.
BAL! Soestdijk in pictures
Anne van der Zwaag is the curator of BAL! and she looked S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G!
Couturier Edwin Oudshoorn gives his interpretation of Queen Emma’s seventieth birthday party in 1928.
Designer Nynke Koster clearly was inspired bytthe ceiling of the Soestdijk Palace ballroom – love it!
A detail of Grondvormen by Laterna Magica. Fascinating!
Okay, now you’re talking! The fabrics and carpeting by Christie van der Haak in Queen Emma’s and Queen Wilhelmina’s private quarters were visually very challenging – just the way I like them.
The inner sanctum of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernard sits empty.
What if the Netherlands had become a republic and Winti was its official religion? This is the fascinating question artist Boris van Berkum asks – and answers in what was our favorite work at BAL!
Alcohol solves every problem – which is exactly why Atelier van Lieshout presents a giant alcohol molecule in the Soestdijk Palace wine cellar.