Between Hope and Fear: Veere and the Great War (1914 – 1918)
On November 11, 1918, 100 years ago, the Great War, also known as the first World War, came to an end. It was a devastating war where sometimes massive attacks on enemy trenches resulted in tens of thousands of soldiers dying in a single day. The Netherlands remained neutral during the war, but the threat of being drawn into the battle was always present. One hoped for the best, but feared the worst. The impact of the war on Veere and it’s surrounding countryside was noticable in the following ways: the arrival of Belgian refugees, the billetting of soldiers, the increasing scarcity of food and accidents with sea mines. But meanwhile normal life continued. The artist communities of Domburg and Veere even received a boost. Refuge seeking artists settled in these two cities. In 1916 Veere hosted the first summer exhibition in the “Struijs”, the building that neighbours this museum. Simultaneously, soldiers were cleaning their guns in the “Lammeken”.
The exhibition in Museum Veere shows photos and stories of life in Veere and surrounding towns during the Great War. Museum Veere also exhibits the art of Walter Vaes and other Belgian artists that had to flee to the Netherlands during World War I.
From 30 March until 5 November Museum Veere is open every day from 10.00 until 17.00 h.
On request we organize guided tours through the museum in English, French or German. Please send an email to email@example.com.