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In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht stands the house of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon. In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company. Seven days a week the family opens their home and collection tot the public.

In one of the finest canal houses of the city people can get a glimpse of the life of the Amsterdam Van Loon family.

PLEASE NOTE: From the 1st of February until the 31st of March the museum is closed due to restoration works.

However, from February the 6th until the 29th of March the photography collection of the Van Loon family will be on view across the canal in photography museum 'Foam':'A Family Portrayed, Van Loon in Foam'

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A Family Portrayed, Van Loon in Foam

Van Loon in Foam
Photographs of an Amsterdam family
Exhibition

February 6 – March 29, 2015

A very special photography collection of the noble Van Loon family will be exhibited for the very first time. The exhibition is a collaboration between across the canal neighbours, Museum Van Loon and photography museum Foam. Museum Van Loon is the former residence of the Van Loon family.

The Van Loon photo collection consists of historic interior photographs and both historic and contemporary portraiture. Well established international names as Nadar, Studio Merkelbach, Koos Breukel and Erwin Olaf have portrayed members of the Van Loon family. The artistic curation lies with contemporary artist Ernst van der Hoeven and Foam’s curators.

Photographs from the collection show the family’s preference for internationally renowned artists that portrayed European royalty and upper class families, exemplifying the choices of the upper classes in 20th century portraiture.

The collection also gives a splendid picture of the interior of the Museum Van Loon in the 20th century when the house was still occupied by the family. Displaying their luscious interiors played an important representative role for the family which becomes clear in the way the interiors were photographed.

Also see: the website of Foam