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Welcome to the Golden Femme! We are celebrating our exhibition Golden Boy Gustav Klimt and have invited Amber Vineyard – Mother of House of Vineyard - to join the fun. On 9 December, she summons the sirens from Gustav Klimt's golden paintings to life. Dresscode: Dripping in Gold.
‘It's like crossing into the looking glass in Wonderland. You go in there and you feel… You feel 100% right.’
Paris is Burning (1990)
During the Golden Femme evening, lethal female figures from the Dutch ballroom scene unite to celebrate the power of femininity. So put on your favourite golden outfit, hang on to your head and bring it to the judges!
In the museum's entrance hall, you will learn how to walk the runway like a real diva. Do you feel more comfortable as a spectator? In the exhibition space you can see special performances by Vineyard World, inspired by Gustav Klimt's work. Of course, you can also view the exhibition itself.
If you buy a discounted ticket, remember to bring the associated discount card with you on the evening. Our staff will check your ticket and discount card on the door.
The painter Gustav Klimt (1826-1918) was one of the foremost artists in imperial fin-de-siècle Vienna. With his explicit portrayals of female sexuality and autonomy, he kicked against the prevailing conventions. His depiction of his subjects – often women from marginalized sections of society, such as the Jewish community – was nothing short of revolutionary.
Many women in Klimt’s work radiate self-assurance, with ownership of their own body and sexuality. One of the highlights of Klimt’s oeuvre is Judith: the very first work in which Klimt expressly incorporated gold. Judith is inspired by the eponymous Biblical heroine, who freed her people by beheading her male oppressor.
Empowerment and fighting conventions are the foundations upon which ballroom is built. Ballroom culture has its roots in the New York neighbourhood of Harlem, in the 1970s. LHBTQIA+ers of colour are often faced with exclusion and violence, both inside and outside of the gay community. They decide to organize balls, where – dressed in extravagant frocks, ballroom gowns and uniforms – they steal the limelight. Their vogueing imitates the characteristic poses of fashion models, and they theatrically compete.
Ballroom culture reached the wider audience thanks to the documentary Paris is Burning (1990) and the Netflix hit series Pose (2018-2021). Since 2013, ballroom has been flourishing in the Netherlands under the wing of pioneer Amber Vineyard, the ‘mother’ of House of Vineyard and Vineyard World.
Please note: during the Vincent on Friday on 9 December, the permanent collection with works by Vincent van Gogh will be closed. Of course, you can visit the exhibition Golden Boy Gustav Klimt.
Workshop 'Judith's head'
Auditorium, 7 - 9 pm
If you have been to the Klimt exhibition, you have undoubtedly seen Judith's painting with Holofernes' severed head. In the workshop, you will make your own severed head. Your creation will be brought to life later in the evening, as the heads will be used as props on the Lethal Femmes Runway.
Entrance hall, 8 - 9:30 pm
Do you dream of shining on a runway? Learn how to take the stage like a true diva. During this workshop, you'll awaken your femininity!
Performance Naimah Mother Elle
Exhibition, 7:30 - 9 pm
In the center of the exhibition, you will see Klimt's influences and works come to life in Naimah Mother Elle's performance. Her kiss to the world can be seen from every side thanks to our rotating stage.
Performance 'Water Serpents'
Entrance hall/exhibition (8 pm, 8:30 pm, 9 pm)
Let the water serpents by the water enchant you, based on Gustav Klimt's painting Water Serpents II. These mystical creatures seduce you at night, or they eat you. Can you resist their temptation?
'The Golden Femme'
Entrance hall, 9:30 pm
Inspired by the Ball scene, we close off with a runway that you get to participate in. Will you impress the jury with what you've learned during the runway workshop, or will your golden outfit steal the show? The winner takes home The Golden Femme prize!
Entrance hall, all night
Vincent on Friday is not complete without music. That's why the entrance hall is the place to be for a solid set. Don't forget to get a drink at the bar.
Toothgem by Douaa
Entrance hall, all night
The evening's dress code is gold, and you can pimp your outfit a little further at our toothgem studio. Have a gold diamond set by Douaa to make your outfit truly shine!
Photo exhibition Common Culture