Visionary Joop Mijsbergen Envisions a Watercolor Museum at Markiezenhof
A founder member of the Watercolor Society of the Netherlands, Joop Mijsbergen has spent his life immersed in art. A celebrated watercolor painter himself, Mijsbergen has amassed a HUGE collection of watercolor artworks, and has been dreaming of a dedicated museum for decades. Now, he believes he has found the perfect location for his vision: Markiezenhof.
Markiezenhof and its History
Markiezenhof is a beautiful castle-like building located in the Brabantse Wal region of Bergen op Zoom, in the Netherlands. Built-in the late Middle Ages, the castle served as a stronghold for the Marquises of Bergen op Zoom, before converting into a court and eventually falling into disrepair. In the early 20th century, the castle underwent a major renovation and conversion into a museum.
The Museum’s Founder and Collection
Joop Mijsbergen, now in his 80s, has long envisioned a museum dedicated solely to watercolors. Over his life, he has amassed a huge collection of over 400 watercolor artworks that he believes deserves to be exhibited to the public. For many years, he had tried to find a suitable location, but never found the right place until he visited Markiezenhof. Mijsberg claims that the location is “absolutely perfect” for his vision of creating a museum for watercolor art.
Mijsbergen’s Visionary Dream
Mijsberg’s dream for the Museum is to have rotating exhibitions showcasing works from his collection, as well as others from around the world. He hopes to use the Museum as a way of educating the public about the importance and beauty of watercolor art, and to “inspire a new generation of artists to pick up their brushes and experiment with watercolors”. He is also willing to donate his entire collection to the Museum, should it come to fruition.
Challenges in Creating the Museum
While Mijsberg has found the perfect location for his museum, there are still many challenges to overcome. First and foremost, he needs to raise the necessary funds for the museum’s creation. He is hoping to get support from local authorities and institutions, as well as from watercolor societies around the world. He is also hoping to generate interest through social media and online fundraising campaigns.
Mijsberg’s dream for a watercolor museum at Markiezenhof is nothing short of visionary. His passion for watercolor art is evident, and his dedication to creating a museum for it is truly inspiring. If he is successful in his quest, the museum could become a major attraction for art lovers and tourists from around the world, and will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Joop Mijsbergen, founder member of the Watercolor Society of the Netherlands and an accomplished painter, has long dreamed of creating a museum dedicated solely to watercolors. Now, he believes he has found the perfect location for his vision: Markiezenhof, a castle-like building located in the Brabantse Wal region of Bergen op Zoom, in the Netherlands. If he is successful in his quest, the museum will showcase hundreds of watercolor artworks from his collection, as well as others from around the world, and will help inspire a new generation of artists. However, there are still many challenges to overcome, including raising the necessary funds for the museum’s creation. #ENTERTAINMENT