With exhibitions and art workshops Villa Zebra has marveled children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old for over twenty years. In a striking building at the Stieltjesstraat, the young are challenged to play with their imagination by creating a world where the unexpected can and may happen.
The two current exhibitions are Sea de Zee for kids between 5 and 12 years old and ZELF! for toddlers and preschoolers.
Sea the Sea is an interactive exhibition full of painting, sculpture, installations, poems and spoken word, inspired by the water. The kids can climb the dune and move interactive works by Nazif Lopulissa, visit the beach installation by Esther Dijkstra and crawl through monsters by Nurzehra Ulukaya.
ZELF! (translates into SELF!) let’s the younger kids get in touch with contemporary art in a playful manner. The interactive art installations stimulate the imagination, language development, motor skills and creativity of young children.
There are five installations. There is a vegetable stall to discover wonderful vegetables and insects. Kids can take a ride in Cinderella’s carriage and escape from the candy house in a space of fairytales. They can make endless tangram figures or can find the best outfit for an act on the stage of CIRCUS GIBRA.
Monsters and doctors at Villa Zebra
Thanks to the Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Fiep Westendorp Foundation the ground floor of Villa Zebra is renovated. There are also two new and challenging installations. Stop! Monsters and a hospital are now also part of the permanent exhibition ZELF!
Stop! Monsters is based on the picture book of the same name by artist/illustrator Mark Janssen. It shows 3 life-size monsters who are hungry. The kids can feed them with clutter, old things, and rubbish. The more stuff they eat, the happier they will be!
The other new installation at Villa Zebra consists of a real hospital and work by artists Gees Voorhees and Renee Reijnders of Dutch Dolls and Nana Koekoek.
Cover: Hester Blankestijn