DNA of the Netherlands

4 videos

The exhibition DNA of the Netherlands (14 October 2017 – 18 February 2018, Museum Prinsenhof Delft) was not about religious relics; it was about special objects that once belonged to leading figures in the history of the Netherlands. They were often politicians, military leaders or, in some exceptional cases, clergy. Their admirers cherished objects for daily use, clothing and even locks of hair or fragments of bones to keep the memories alive.

The museum asked several well-known Dutch persons to reflect upon a specific object in the exhibition.


4 episodes of DNA of the Netherlands

  • Arthur Japin and Kwasi Boakye’s beer mug

    For ten years, writer Arthur Japin worked on his debut novel The two hearts of Kwasi Boachi (1997). In Delft, the writer unexpectedly gets hold of a beer mug that belonged to the main character of his novel, Kwasi Boakye. How does Arthur Japin respond?

  • Hans Goedkoop and the DNA of the Netherlands

    Historian, literary critic and TV presenter Hans Goedkoop welcomes you to the exhibition DNA of the Netherlands in Museum Prinsenhof Delft. He has a look at the bullet holes where William of Orange was murdered and the famous chest of books that Hugo de Groot used to escape. He also poses an important question: what is the future of the memento?

  • Rachel Rosier and Arminius’ chair

    Since 2016, Rachel Rosier has presented the well-known TV programme Checkpoint for the Evangelische Omroep [Evangelical Broadcasting Company] (EO). She tells us who Arminius was and what he means to her. She also sits in his chair. How does that affect her?

  • Antoine Bodar and Musius’ goblet

    In the Agatha convent – now the Museum Prinsenhof – well-known priest Antoine Bodar tells us what it means to him to hold a silver goblet that once belonged to the rector of this convent.