Cultural Capital| Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018

In 2018 Museum Dr8888 will celebrate the heritage of Dada, De Stijl, and expressionism in a variety of ways as part of the year recognizing Leeuwarden-Fryslân as the European capital of culture. The museum will present four major exhibitions: each one will showcase the unique connection between Drachten and the continued influence of the aforementioned movements on artists and the works they create to this day.

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Would you like to discover something surprising? Something silly, striking and colourful? Put Drachten on your to-do list in 2018. The city where the Dada movement was founded in 1916 and where the first manifesto of De Stijl and the De Ploeg artists’ collective appeared in 1917. Enough reasons to party, so Museum Dr8888 and the Van Doesburg-Rinsemahuis celebrate the legacy of Dada and De Stijl in many different ways in 2018.

Drachten was once the beating heart of art movements like Dada and De Stijl. The Frisian shoemakers Thijs and Evert Rinsema and great artists such as Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters chose Drachten a hundred years ago as the place to create their art.

Modernism in Friesland
Museum Dr8888 shows how these art movements were significant for modernism in Friesland. How do they live on in the present time? And what does De Stijl mean to innovation and design? Four fascinating exhibitions about Drachten’s unique story and the influence on artists and their artistic output after the Second World War.

Step outside its walls
Drachten embraces its history in 2018 with a revolution in colour. Museum Dr8888 is also organizing all kinds of activities and events outside the museum in the context of De Stijl and Dada. In doing so, the museum works together with other (cultural) partners, entrepreneurs and residents of Drachten in order to make the place they live the most colourful city in the Netherlands.

You can follow a Dada poetry route in the streets of Drachten, a Dada fashion show has been organized and giant Stijl furniture appears in the squares. You’ll also encounter beautiful contemporary expressions of Dada and De Stijl in shop windows, neighbourhoods and in lanes. So choose Drachten in 2018: City in Stijl

Our exhibitions in  2018

  • Beyond Dada en De Stijl, part 1 (January 27 – April 8 2018)
  • Child of Mondrian: Siep van den Berg (April 22 – July 8 2018)
  • Beyond Dada en De Stijl, part 2 (July 22 – September 30 2018)
  • Fries Expressionism: Not afraid of the new (October 14 – January 13 2019)