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Mesdag Year

Life and work of H.W. Mesdag commemorated in The Hague

In 2015 The Hague commemorated the legacy of H.W. Mesdag: the man who put The Hague on the international map. 10 July 2015 was the centenary anniversary of his death. Together with other museums and institutions in The Hague, The Mesdag Collection highlighted the many faces of this icon of the city, and his cultural heritage, with various exhibitions, symposiums and events. Besides being a maritime painter, Mesdag was also an art collector and entrepreneur who laid a new foundation for the cultural climate in the court capital of the Netherlands. As a result, Mesdag and The Hague are inseparably linked with one another.