From 8 September 2020 Museum Het Schip will highlight the treasure of his collection: the formal postoffice by Michel de Klerk.The post office is an important historical monument; it is the only original post office from the twenties in the Netherlands that is still there. Built at a time when the Dutch PTT and Rijks Post Spaarbank paid a lot of attention to innovative design.
The postal service left at the end of 1999, the post office then became a part of Museum Het Schip. The grass green colour that the PTT left on the walls, was brought back to the original blue-grey linseed oil paint. In the last three years a huge restauration was done, during which the post office was not accessible for visitors.
To celebrate the re-opening of the post office, Museum Het Schip curated an exibition on the fascinating history of the postoffice, including drawings by Michel de Klerk.
The exhibition can be visited by joining the guided tours Museum Het Schip organizes every day.
In addition there are two expanded guided tours (in dutch) visiting the post office:
Treasures of social housing at 11.15 uur
Michel de Klerk at 15.15 uur
This exhibition has been made possible by the heart-warming initiative 'De kracht van onze Nederlandse Collecties' by the Rembrandt Association and the Turing Foundation. It is a teaser for the permanent exhibition of the postoffice, made possible by Stichting Dioraphte.
An exhibition by Museum Het Schip
Curated by Alice Roegholt, Ton Heijdra and Umberto Santi
Graphic design by Main studio Edwin van Gelder, Fabienne Müller
Spatial design by Maurice Bogaert
With special thanks to:
Architect / artist Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma and associates)
Mediamuseum Beeld en Geluid Den Haag
Het Nieuwe Instituut