According to linguists the word Doesburg means something like a mountain, a fortress or a settlement in the middle of a swampy area. A settlement on the river dunes thousands of years ago, a Hanseatic city and garrison town since the Middle Ages and now mainly known as a mustard town. But Doesburg has a lot more to offer. Jewels, for instance. The oldest pub in the Netherlands. And many, many cultural-historical treasures.
The Lalique museum, located in a monumental old building in the historical Hansa town of Doesburg, is dedicated to René Lalique (1860-1945), the Da Vinci of jewellery and glass art. There are frequent temporary exhibitions to enjoy, centring on artists from the Art Nouveau epoch (1890-1910) like Gallé, Daum, Horta, Toorop, Majorelle and Breitner. The permanent collection contains Lalique objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs as well as from Lalique collectors worldwide. Many of the pieces to be admired here have never been part of a museum display before. The museum’s vast collection encompasses statues and statuettes, vases, graphic work, jewellery and small furniture. Materials include glass, bronze and wood, but also silver, for instance.
Exclusive programme: visitors are received in the fabulous concert hall where they are met with a glass of prosecco. Next, they receive a lecture on the exhibition. This is rounded off with a short piano recital on the room’s concert piano with pieces by Claude Debussy, after visitors are invited to view the exhibition. Afterwards, a luxury lunch will be ready for them, freshly prepared on the premises and served in an old period room. Following this culinary intermezzo, visitors can continue their tour of the exhibition. The programme can also be expanded to include a guided walking tour of the old Hansa town of Doesburg.