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Temporary exhibitions

Below you will find an overview of exhibitions that have taken place in the Royal Delft Museum. Currently there is no temporary exhibition in the museum. The next temporary exhibition is planned for the summer of 2021. We will update the website when there is more information.

Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo

28 November 2019 – 31 October 2020

Ink connects. This is a layered, deeply rooted and respectful ode to Delft Blue and the art of tattooing. A unique collaboration between two traditional crafts from an old world, brought across the seas from the east, and rich in culture, tradition and symbolism. Art forms that are applied only once by hand, with needle in the skin or with paintbrush on the baked clay.  Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo is a story about faith, hope and love. Composed of exclusively designed hand painted objects. Designed by Henk Schiffmacher and supplemented by items and stories from his extensive collection.

Proud Mary © Marie Cecile Thijs, 2019

Glorious Delft Blue

18 January – 30 June 2019

Impressive portraits, captivating still life paintings and glamorous showpieces, the Dutch Golden Age was a period like no other. Royal Delft, the last remaining Delft earthenware factory from the 17th century in Delft, has been making stylish and iconic Delft Blue since the Golden Age. In the special exhibition ‘Glorious Delft Blue’ Royal Delft presents Delft Blue glory from this period. In five themes – trade & new flavours, interior, tulip mania, portraits and fashion –  the relationship is portrayed between the Golden Age and contemporary showpieces and trends.

Nouveau Blue

28 March – 30 September 2018

The contemporary Delft Blue started at Royal Delft. Without the entrepunerial Geertruida Piccardt, the innovation of Joost Thooft and Abel Labouhèchere the colour blue from Royal Delft would not be as iconic as it is today. During the exhibition Nouveau Blue: vision to realisation, these stories were told.

Tess van Zalinge x Royal Delft

19 May – 15 July 2017

This is Royal Delft as you’ve never seen us before. Dutch fashion designer, Tess van Zalinge’s newest collection ‘Tess van Zalinge x Royal Delft’ combines the crafts of hand painting Delft Blue and making clothes in an unique manner. In 2017 a large part of the collection was exhibited at Royal Delft, the place where the designer was first inspired to use Delft Blue in her collection. Sjoukje Bierma created the beautiful illustrations of the collection to accompany the exhibition using the iconic Royal Delft Blue colours.