De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem

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De Hallen Haarlem is the name of the exhibition space on the Grote Markt, Haarlem, Netherlands, where modern and contemporary art is on display in alternating presentations. The emphasis is on contemporary photograph and video presentations, with the focus on Man and society. As an organisation, De Hallen falls under the Frans Hals Museum.De Hallen consists of three different buildings, the Vleeshal (Flesher's hall) on the east side and the Verweyhal (named for Kees Verwey) on the west side are two large "halls" sandwiching the small entrance building. All three buildings are National Heritage sites today.De Vleeshal buildingThe Vleeshal was built in the years 1602 to 1605 and was originally a ‘meat hall’ where butchers sold their goods. The heads of bulls and rams on the façades are reminders of the original function of the building. It is an example of Dutch renaissance architecture, with renaissance ornaments being applied on a basic Gothic structure (floor plan and outer walls). The renaissance forms include pilasters, rustica, Tuscan (interior) pillars, scrollwork (above the cellar entrances) and obelisks. Sample prints by Hans Vredeman de Vries from Antwerp provided a source of inspiration for this. De Vleeshal was built by Lieven de Key, the town architect, commissioned by the city government, which judging by the finished building had a substantial treasury at the time. It remained a meat hall all the way into the 19th century.
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  • Just walk in and you are again full of new concepts and energy. The tentoonsrelling changes regularly. A lot of video-art (this time).
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  • It really is a great building to visit, but the exhibition is really difficult to understand. In other words, any judgement might be right. I don't get the artists intention, sorry. To us this was tim...  more »
  • A Japanese artist who through video commemorating the Japanese surrender. Impressive and violent images. Also the images of a man with memory impairment that tries to tell a horrible eyewitness account of a soldier. Very gripping
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  • An unappealing mix of modern art pieces in a mediocre environment. Seems mainly to attract elderly visitors.
  • Went there on Sunday after noon but just found it closed...
  • Small law.
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  • The exhibition was not particularly. The building from outside is gorgeous and the staff is very friendly.
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  • Great exhibition
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