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Museum Bonnefantenmuseum, the Maastricht

The Bonnefanten Museum - literally, “good boy? -, in the city of the Maastricht, is a temple for the admirers of the flamenco art of centuries XVI and XVII. At the same time, who are excited by Italian the Povera Art and the American Minimalismo finds a reason for pilgrimage there. How two so different collections got to join themselves under the same ceiling, it is a question that only history can reveal.

The building that lodges the Bonnefanten Museum was designed in 1995 by Aldo Rossi, an Italian architect, emblem of the tendencies posmodernas. One is a identitaria mark of the city, and to observe it from the outside constitutes all a experience in itself.

The Bonnefantenmuseum is part of the new Rijksmuseum the Maastricht, and delayed lodges part of the collection pertaining to Otto Lanz, that arrived there in 1987, after the aim of World War II. The passage that carried out these pieces began in 1941, when the heirs of to Lanz sold the Germans and were transferred to the Museum of the Führer de Hitler.

Finalized the war, the collection was given back to Holland, but part of her was auctioned in 1950 and today it is distributed in the diverse corners of the world. Luckyly, an important selection arrived at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and thence a portion was sent to Bonnefantenmuseum.

Since then, and under the name of Palazzo, these true treasures of the Italian art of the Renaissance are exhibited as it leaves from the permanent early Italian painting sample.

But this is not everything: the museum also counts on an ample collection of archaeological pieces of the city. Stoneware of mud and samples of jewelry, pottery and originating statues of the near Maasland emphasizes of the group. A model concerning the Maastricht reproduces with surprising precision the old fortifications, and is the delight of those who visits the Bonnefantenmuseum.

And if as much stroll left us exhausted, what better than to rest a little while in the Ipanema Coffee, to arrive soon at the gift shop and to obtain a memory of this wonderful visit.

Practical information

  • Address: Avenue Ceramique 250 - NL-6221 KX the Maastricht
  • Schedules: of Tuesday to Sundays, 11,00 to 17,00 hs.
  • Entrance: adults, 8,00 Euros; children between 13 and 18 years, 3,50 Euros; minors of 13 years, free.
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