from November 19th till August 8th

Photo exhibition Deja vu: music puts photos in new light

A photograph can evoke unexpected memories through a familiar face, a recognizable place or familiar colors. The same goes for music. Curator Rob Wolthoorn brings these two triggers for memories together in the small photo exhibition 'Deja vu'.

15 photographic works are linked to a lyric, which leads to unexpected angles. Discover which image has been matched with 'Waterfalls' from TLC and which work of art is reminiscent of The Beatles. The accompanying music can be listened to during your visit after scanning the pictures with the L@kenhal app.

The curator sees a connection between the lyrics and pictures. Rightly so? You can determine this yourself after seeing and listening. This exhibition challenges you to view existing works in combination with music as new.

On display for the first time in Museum De Lakenhal is Specimens by Christiaan Bastiaans, a photo that the museum acquired in 2018. The Paris studio apartment of Theo van Doesburg – the artist who founded De Stijl in Leiden – formed the backdrop for this work.

Christiaan Bastiaans - Specimens Slide, 2012

The other 14 works in the small exhibition have already been shown in Museum De Lakenhal, but never in this composition. The photographs differ in technique and form: from a landscape treated with lacquer paint to a staged portrait. Each work has a link with Leiden: some show a Leiden location or person, others are modern interpretations of well-known works of art in the museum.

Practical information

November 19th 2020 until August 8th 2021
Entrance fee: for this exhibition the regular entrance fee applies (no surcharge).
Buy your ticket online or at the box office.
We do not have an audio tour, but a L@kenhal-App. You can download it at home or in the museum. In the app you will find backgrounds and information about the works marked with a star. You can also listen to the accompanying songs there.

In all my years at Museum De Lakenhal I have kept beautiful memories of these works. I hope that this exhibition will also feel like a feast of recognition for the visitor. Maybe you even recognize a place close to home

Curator Rob Wolthoorn