In my spare time I very much enjoy going to museums to get my culture fix now and again. I especially love anything to do with photography. So when I was planning to be in The Hague for a few days I got excited because I knew it meant I would get a chance to check out the Anton Corbijn exhibition at the ‘Gemeente Museum Den Haag‘. Anton Corbijn is a famous Dutch photographer, music video and film director. He’s mainly known for being the the creative director behind the visual output of bands like Depeche Mode and U2; having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands for almost three decades. Some of his most known works include music videos for U2’s “One”, Bryan Adams’ “Do I Have to Say the Words? and Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”, as well as movies like Control (2007), The American (2010), and A Most Wanted Man (2014).
To mark the 60t birthday of Anton Corbijn, the exhibition in The Hague mainly focusses on his photography featuring highlights from all Corbijn’s series. It will start with the grainy black-and-white photos he took of many famous musicians in the 1970s and ’80s and show how he constantly expanded his horizon to address new themes and experiment with different techniques and materials in later series.
The Gemeente Museum’s building is famous in it’s own right as it was designed by Dutch architect H.P. Berlage plus the museum is renowned for its large Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. Anyway, I went here on a stunning spring day to lose myself in a bit of photography…
So, let’s enter the Anton Corbijn exhibition shall we?
Can you spot the many famous people in the photos? I just love this deep and mysterious style of photographing. My favourite photo in the collection is the one of Miles Davis 1985 – just incredible. The Anton Corbijn ‘Holland’s Deep’ exhibition is on now until the 21st of June 2015. If you live in the Netherlands I thoroughly recommend you checking it out! Or for more information on Anton Corbijn and news about his collections worldwide visit http://antoncorbijn.com. Hope you enjoyed this bit of culture on the blog today :)
Gemeente Museum Den Haag
2517 HV Den Haag