Anton Corbijn

My sister Isabelle went to the Anton Corbijn exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Here is her impression.

I live in The Hague and there are many museums to go to. You have the famous Mauritshuis (never been) or the Panorama Mesdag (never been either) and many, many more. I always seem to go to the same museum; the Gemeentemuseum. Probably because it is in walking distance of my house, only a 20-minute walk, but also because I like the building and the atmosphere.


The Gemeentemuseum has it own collection of art. Among other things lot of “Delfst blauw” but they also have great exhibitions. A few years ago they had Chanel, which was fascinating. At the moment, until the 21st of June, they have an exhibition of Anton Corbijn.


I know Corbijn because he made the album cover of U2’s album The Joshua Tree. I remember it was widely reported in the news that a Dutch photographer was doing this album cover. So, that was a big thing in 1987.

To mark the sixtieth birthday of photographer Anton Corbijn, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is organizing a retrospective entitled HOLLANDS DEEP. The exhibition will feature highlights from all Corbijn’s series. It will start with the grainy black-and-white photos he took of 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.






I wasn’t sure of what to expect but the exhibition is beautiful. You have to walk trough it they way they set it up, because otherwise you will miss certain things, like is self-portraits as famous people. And only then you will see the growth in his pictures.

Corbijn is a very strong photographer and by that I mean his pictures are very strong. Even though sometimes the photo is blurry, still is it a strong image.


I went on a Tuesday morning, which was perfect because it wasn’t busy.

I saw people walk trough the halls and only looking for the ‘famous’ people, but if you take the time to really look at the pictures you will see why Corbijn is a brilliant photographer. It is hard to explain. I can only advise you to go and see the exhibition while it is still there.


Next to the Gemeentemuseum is the Fotomuseum. So if you buy a combination ticket you can see here a collection of photo’s Corbijn made of music artist. And yes, here you will find the famous Joshua Tree picture as well.

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