Lakenhal Late

Every second Friday of the month

Your weekend starts at the museum! Come to Museum De Lakenhal every second Friday of the month between work and the pub for a hefty dose of inspiration and knowledge. During Lakenhal Late this spring, visit the exhibition David Bailly - Time, Death and Vanity in the evening and join an in-depth programme full of lectures, workshops, performances, and more. Will we see you there?

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FRIDAY MAY 12 FROM 19:00-22:00

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity - so reads the masterpiece Vanitas still life with portrait of a young painter by David Bailly. And although Bailly's works warned us against the fleetingness of life, we deduce from his works that he was very conscious of the way he presented himself to the world: self-conscious and fashionable at the same time. In fact, just like we are today.

Art can be crucial in expressing, celebrating and shaping your identity. Therefore, during this edition of Lakenhal Late, we put the exhibition David Bailly - Time, Death and Vanity in the spotlight of ballroom culture. On 12 May, Mother Amber Vineyard of The House of Vineyard (pioneer of the Dutch ballroom scene) invites you to The Vogue of Vanity: a memorable evening where dance, fashion, music, art and transformation come together under one roof. The place to shape to your fantasy and be anything and everything you want to be! And you can start with that at home, because the dress code is Pearls & Skulls (and for the best dressed there is a nice prize to win!).


Welcome to the Banquet of Vanitas - Atelier takeover by Roxette Capriles

From 19:00-21:00 at the Atelier

Capture the ravages of time using worldly objects with Roxette Capriles! In this walk-in workshop, you'll make your own props using symbols found on vanitas paintings. You can use the props in combination with your own Pearls & Skulls outfit later in the evening during the grand finale on the runway.

Photo: Annelies Verhelst

See me – lecture

At 19.30 in the Auditorium

Vanity is considered one of the seven deadly sins. But how much greatness would we have lost without the vanity that drives people to be their best? During this interactive lecture, philosopher, writer and publicist Frank Meester - author of the book See Me. Philosophy of Vanity (Dutch) - argues that we should indeed see vanity as a virtue.

Voguing & Posing - workshop by Amber Vineyard

At 20:15 at the Acherplaats

Vogue is a dance style that imitates various geometric, stylised and elegant poses of models who mostly graced the cover of Vogue magazine, giving the name to this dance. Amber Vineyard will teach you the intricacies of vogueing & posing during this workshop, in preparation for the grand finale! Category: You Own Everything.

Bring it to the runway

From 21:00 in the Backyard

The grand final! Amber Vineyard invites you and everyone else present to show off your Pearls & Skulls outfit, self-made props and vogueing & posing skills under the guidance of DJ Frandy Perez. See you on the runway! Or simply enjoy all the fierce poses from the sidelines. For the best dressed there is of course a prize to be won. Category: Vanity.

Photo: Joep Jacobs

Visit the exhibition

All evening

During Lakenhal Late, you can also visit David Bailly - Time, Death and Vanity. This exhibition focuses on Bailly's Vanitas still life with portrait of a young painter. Despite this work appearing familiar to many people, the painter is barely known to the general public. In the exhibition you will get to know David Bailly and his work through 90 pieces, including portraits and vanitas representations by his hand, and work by contemporaries such as Gerrit Dou, Jan Lievens and Rembrandt van Rijn.


  • Date: Friday 12 May
  • Time: 19:00-22:00
  • Dresscode: Pearls & Skulls
  • Price: €10 regular ticket or €7.50 with Museumkaart, student pass or other discount cards
  • Attendance: order your tickets online or or at the box office on the evening itself (gone = gone)

Please note that only the exhibition David Bailly - Time, Death and Vanity is open during this edition of Lakenhal Late. The rest of the museum is closed. The program may change in the run-up to the evening itself due to unforeseen circumstances. Keep an eye on this page for the most up-to-date info.


Ballroom culture emerged in 1970 in New York's Harlem neighbourhood as a form of protest. With balls, the lgbtqia+ community of colour resisted the violence and exclusion it faced on a daily basis. Participants of the ballroom events trump each other in lavish dresses and extravagant costumes. With vogueing, they adopt geometric and stylised poses and move elegantly down the catwalk. Dutch ballroom culture has been flourishing since 2013 under the wings of Amber Vineyard, founder of the House of Vineyard, the collaboration partner of this edition of Lakenhal Laat.


Lakenhal Late on 12 May is co-sponsored by:

Frank Meester
Vineyard World