The entirely refurbished Wonderkamers [Wonder Rooms] at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag [Municipal Museum The Hague], will be open to the public from Sunday, November, 17.
Rapenburg Plaza was responsible for the lighting design and AV/show control system design an did the complete AV, light and show control installation and programming, Kossmann.dejong has provided the concept and design for this entirely refurbished exhibition.
At the time, Wonderkamers was the first Dutch museum for teenagers.
The Exhibition is the result of three years of intense collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of educators, game designers, media specialists, filmmakers, set, lighting and sound designers.
The objectives have remained the same: young and old can experience in a playful way how art can surprise and enrich us. What is new is that interactivity plays an integral part. Visitors are invited to play the ‘museum game’ and will design their own virtual rooms in the Miniature Museum.
The refurbished Wonderkamers have been designed as a physical and virtual three-dimensional game in which the visitors are given the lead as exhibitions makers. The floor plan of Wonderkamers, which comprises thirteen rooms around a central art depot and a Miniature Museum at its core, changes during the game into a an interactive spatial board game. Like real curators, the participants will be tested on their knowledge, creativity, and alertness.
You can play the museum game in teams, as a family or as an individual visitor. Using a specially developed tablet (the Wonder guide) you can navigate through the Wonderkamers in which the game is being played. Every room has been designed around a different theme. You can, for instance, dance the Boogie Woogie together with Mondrian, take part in a fashion show, build a museum building like Berlage did, zoom in on details of paintings, learn how to determine the value of artworks, try and make an abstract composition, learn everything there is to know about craft techniques and learn how to recognise schools and movements in painting and interior design. The better you do do the tests, the more points you gather, and the more artworks you collect for your own virtual room in the Miniature Museum.
At the heart of Wonderkamers lies the Miniature Museum, with some 200 rooms, in which hundreds of original miniature artworks by top artists from across the world are exhibited (from the Ria en Lex Daniëls collection). At the end of the game you can design one of the virtual mini museum rooms for this Miniature Museum. To conclude your visit, your museum room will be officially inaugurated and you will be able to call yourself a curator. You can ‘like’ rooms by other visitors. A visit to the Wonderkamers lasts about 2 hours, and is free for visitors up to 18.