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Brieven aan de hemel (Letters to heaven)

SCHUNCK Glass Palace
(In the Tegendraads exhibition, Museum (-1))

22-09-2020 t/m 21-02-2021

Category: Visual arts

Audience: Adults

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How does the legacy of an artist become tangible when it does not concern his work?

Zorba Huisman during the filming of ‘Brieven aan de hemel’

Director Zorba Huisman is the granddaughter of Aad de Haas. She never knew her grandfather herself, she only knows him through the stories of her parents, through his art and through the things that have been written about him over the years.

Using video portraits of her mother, uncles and aunts, Huisman – in Brieven aan de hemel (Letters to heaven) – depicts a man who was more than the esteemed, much-talked about, engaging and idiosyncratic artist who lived in the castle at Strijthagen.

For the first time he is described in his role as father: the memories, the similarities, the contrasts and the moments they had with their father who shaped his children into what they are today.




Zorba Huisman,
foto Robin de Puy

Zorba Huisman (b. Kerkrade, 1996) studies theatre directing at the Maastricht Theatre Academy. She was commissioned to create the video portrait Brieven aan de hemel (Letters to heaven) by SCHUNCK in co-production with regional broadcaster L1.

The première of the film will take place during the private opening event of Tegendraads (Against the Grain). The film will be shown in the museum throughout the exhibition period. Tickets for this exhibition can be bought here >> 

Also the film will be shown on Dutch television:

  • September 22, 7PM  – L1
  • September 22, 9 PM – L1
  • September 25, 9 PM -L1
  • From Oktober 13 on, NPO2Extra (Dutch National Television). Watch online. 





trailer (dutch)

Covid-19 measures

Due to the hygiene measures for corona, we do NOT provide headphones in the museum. Therefore, bring your own headphones with a small plug, or purchase them from the SCHUNCK Museum Shop.

Due to the Corona measures, we allow a maximum of 30 people simultaneously in the museum (excluding school groups and their supervisors). Therefore, book the ticket and time slot for your visit.

Aad de Haas - 100th anniversary

On December 30, 2020, Aad de Haas, the striking, non-conformist Limburg artist with Rotterdam roots, would have turned 100 years old. To honor the artist, SCHUNCK Museum in Heerlen, Limburgs Museum in Venlo and Chabot Museum in Rotterdam are organizing a relay of exhibitions and programming to illuminate Aad de Haas and his work from different perspectives.

View the full program of Aad de Haas – 100 Years here >>
Or view the program folder below (Dutch):



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