In 10 Masterpieces – 1001 Stories, the museum together with award-winning children’s author Lydia Rood and literary children's magazine BoekieBoekie, aims to collect as many stories, poems and drawings by children as possible, to accompany 10 famous works of art from the collection by artists such as Keith Haring, Bart van der Leck and Charley Toorop.
A developing story
Lydia Rood has devised numerous starting points and written a frame story, to which children (from about 7 years of age) can add their own stories, drawings and poems. Initially, the exhibition spaces will be virtually empty, gradually filling up throughout the exhibition. Stories can be submitted in the museum itself or online, but school classes can also participate via their interactive whiteboard. Together with Lydia Rood, the museum will select the pieces to be included in the exhibition from all the entries every two weeks. Thus, with the help of all the children, the story will develop into an exciting art/children’s book.
Unravelling the mystery
The frame story is about a boy who holds a little box with a big mystery. To unravel the mystery he takes you with him through his memories, which he has cut into pieces. Sometimes these are cheerful, sometimes sad and sometimes exciting. What lies behind this mysterious boy? Will he have a happy ending or come to no good? In 10 Masterpieces – 1001 Stories, the children help write his life story.
The main character of the by Lydia Rood is based on the artwork above: Chris Beekman, Boy with little box in interior (Herman), ca. 1924