Rotterdam comics museum closes its doors
A little while ago we reported on the Dutch election of their first Cartoonist Laureate, but the status of comics in the Netherlands is not all roses, sadly.
Only last year, a new comics museum opened in Rotterdam, the famous port city, regularly quoted as the comics center of the Netherlands. Strips!, as it was called, was to showcase Dutch comics culture through exhibitions and workshops.
Startup costs were higher than expected, however, and even though the shows it put up attracted a healthy number of visitors, financing partners were not willing to provide additional funding.
After the verdict by the Rotterdam Court, the museum remains closed (link in Dutch). A group of comics professionals, which includes Cartoonist Laureate hopeful Robert van der Kroft among their number, is looking into a possible restart.
In the mean time, Het Nederlands Stripmuseum,the comics museum in Groningen, is, I am glad to report, still going strong. The much -ewarded museum is currently hosting no less than five exhibitions, amongst which is one about Disney artist Daan Jippes and about the oldest girls’ comic in the Netherlands.