In 1964, founder and namesake Henriette Polak-Schwarz befriended artist Joop Sjollema, who convinced her of the necessity of founding a museum for Dutch figurative art rooted in the academic tradition. This initiative was contrary to the prevailing spirit of the times, as the interest of the museums was mostly focused on abstract and conceptual art at the time. Ever since its opening in 1975, Museum Henriette Polak has shown the vitality, power, and diversity of figurative art, where craftsmanship and inspiration meet.
Learn more about Henriette Polak and the core collection. Enjoy masterpieces by Kees Verwey, Charlotte van Pallandt, Wim Oepts, Jeanne Bieruma Oosting, Arie Schippers, Wendelien Schönfeld and many other artists. Stand eye to eye with the numerous artist portraits for which the museum is known, and take a peek in The Studio (Het Atelier).
Discover a representative selection from the extensive collection of the museum in the Digital Depot of Museum Henriette Polak. Make your own exhibition and show the selected works on the walls of the museum.
Have a look at a part of our collection here, as a sneak preview for your visit.