In the fifties of the last century, three friends dreamed of their own museum for modern art: Boele Bregman, Sjoerd de Vries, and Thom Mercuur. They agreed that the museum would be built in Friesland because they wanted to live there. The paintings of Sjoerd de Vries (1941) and Boele Bregman (1918-1980) were to be exhibited and Thom Mercuur (1940-2016) would become a director. More than 40 years later, the dream became a reality. In November 2004, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix opens the doors of Museum Belvédère, the first museum for modern and contemporary art in Friesland. The museum shows a collection of artworks by important Frisian painters such as Jan Mankes, Thijs Rinsema, Tames Oud, Gerrit Benner, Boele Bregman, Willem van Althuis and Sjoerd de Vries, but also shows works by kindred spirits from the Netherlands and abroad. For the Frisian artists, Museum Belvédère will become a home, a place that they have never had as loners in art. Han Steenbruggen has been the director-curator of Museum Belvédère since 2008. Founder and former director/curator Thom Mercuur remained closely involved with the museum until his death in 2016.
Oranje Nassaulaan 12 Heerenveen-Oranjewoud Friesland 8448 MT The Netherlands.
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