The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art In Spanbroek (near Hoorn and Medemblik)

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The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art is an initiative by the art-collectors Dirk en Baukje Scheringa. The museum houses their collection of more than five hundred works of art. It was their passion for the Magic Realism of Carel Willink that lead to the unique collection. They were fascinated by the meticulous technique, the incredible eye for detail and the magical atmosphere of Willink’s images.

Around hundred paintings and drawings by Carel Willink are now included in the collection, providing a unique survey of the oeuvre of this artist, who died in 1983. Although there was never any 'school', as such, of Magic Realists, the fact that the museum building had formerly housed the 'Lidwina School for Girls' was reason enough to call the opening exhibition 'The School of Magic Realism'. The collection of the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art can be visited permanently. The works of Willink, Koch, Hynckes, Schuhmacher en Ket will be exhibited on a permanent basis. Every Sunday at 12.00, a member of the museum staff provides a 20 minute introduction to Holland in Slow Motion. No reservations, tickets are available at the ticket desk.
Dansers / ballerini / Dancers (bronze/2001) By Fernando Botero (Colombia 1932); a collection of Scheringa Museum For Realisme, Spanbroek
Dansers / ballerini / Dancers (bronze/2001) By Fernando Botero (Colombia 1932); a collection of Scheringa Museum For Realisme, Spanbroek

Magic Realism

In the course of time the works of Carel Willink have been placed in a broader context. Paintings by contemporary artists, such as Wim Schuhmacher, Pyke Koch, Raoul Hynckes and Dick Ket, who worked in the same style as Willink, are now also included in the collection.

Interior and Collection

Bicycle ride from Hoorn to Spanbroek and back

The route from Hoorn to the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art in Spanbroek passes through the wonderful countryside of West-Friesland. You can enjoy the wide panoramic views and the typical farms of North Holland. At the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art a cup of coffee and a slice of West-Frisian currant loaf (krentenmik) is followed by a guided tour of the museum collection and the latest exhibition. A delicious lunch at the museum cafe is an ideal way to round off your visit.
Magic Realism - The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, Spanbroek (near Hoorn and Medemblik)
The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art owns one of the most famous self portraits by Charley Toorop. It's well worth a visit! The museum’s growing collection, displayed in a series of thirteen exhibition rooms, will certainly not disappoint lovers of Dutch realism. For children there’s an art quiz (only available in Dutch). You can also look around in the museum shop or have a delicious lunch at the cafe.

Daily 10 am- 5 pm, Closed Christmas day, New Year’s Day.

Admission Price:
Admission charges: Adults €5,50, Children (4-14 years): €4,00, Senior/Groups: €4,00 (15 or more paying visitors).
€ 2.00* for a walking tour or bicycle route, € 8,50* p.p. for a picnic basket (picnic basket is for max. four persons), € 9,50* p.p. for a bicycle, Guided tour: € 2.50 p.p., Guided tour with lunch: € 8.00 p.p.

Location and Contact:
The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art
Spanbroekerweg 162,
1715 GV Spanbroek (near Hoorn and Medemblik), north of Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands
T +31 (0)226 - 35 11 11 / F +31 (0)226 - 35 18 59

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