Roberto Tjon A Meeuw



August 26 till October 7


Prepare to be captivated by the artistry of Roberto Tjon A Meeuw as Landhuis Bloemhof invites you to embark on a transformative journey through his latest exhibition titled Lanta! This mixed media exhibition featuring creations made with washed up plastic and wood, iron and paint is set to open on Saturday, August 26 at 11 AM at Landhuis Bloemhof. Lanta! will grace the art scene until October 7th, offering visitors a chance to delve into the multifaceted art of Tjon A Meeuw.

Roberto's creations echo a profound message - an urgent call to restore harmony with nature. He stands as a messenger and artist-philosopher whose every creation births a dialogue between humanity and its natural habitat. Tjon A Meeuw beckons us to reimagine, repurpose, and rediscover the relationship between humans and the environment. His works are testament to the spirit of an artist on a mission to reshape the world.

During the exhibition Roberto Tjon A Meeuw will be present in the garden of Landhuis Bloemhof on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 PM. He will be working during the mornings, and anyone interested is welcome to join in and create a piece for the Whimsical Tree in Bloemhof's courtyard. Additionally, a Meet the Artist evening will be organized during which Roberto will discuss the messages conveyed by his works and engage with the audience in discussions about tangible actions taken on the island. Lastly, the exhibition will culminate in a festive closing with musical beats by Roberto and Mathijs Rijne, renowned particularly in the Netherlands for fusing local traditional music with a modern twist.

About the artist
Hailing originally from Suriname, Roberto Tjon A Meeuw has enriched the creative tapestry of Curaçao for nearly 12 years. He has various exhibitions under his belt in Curaçao, Suriname, Tobago and The Netherlands. Furthermore, he worked on many special projects like building a playground out of recycled materials, furniture for restaurants and establishments, commissioned murals and creative workshops in Curaçao and Suriname. 

Renowned for his art installations crafted from repurposed materials, Roberto's most well-known work in Curaçao stands proudly as the 9-meter-long "Piská." Nestled within the heart of the Scharloo neighborhood, this recycled fish takes center stage in Parke Leyba.

The idea behind "Piská" emerged from Roberto's deep-seated concern for marine pollution plaguing our shores. Rallying island schoolchildren to partake, Roberto orchestrated the birth of a plastic art piece which underscores the power of collective action.

Beyond his artistic endeavors, Roberto's identity is intertwined with the rhythm of the waves, a seasoned surfer who bridges his artistic pursuits with his role as a stay-at-home father. His home remains his sanctuary. Within these premises his sons bear witness to his creative process. In Roberto's philosophy, being a father and an artist seamlessly intertwine. His aspirations were always rooted in awakening consciousness. His creations serve as vessels to realign humanity's trajectory, reflecting the urgency to reconcile with nature. 

Lanta! will be showing until October 7th, 2023. Landhuis Bloemhof, Santa Rosaweg 6, open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. For more information: or call/whatsapp (5999) 7375775. 

Sorry Travelling Dialogues


Sorry,... Travelling Dialogues


July 2, 14, 22 and 30
5.00 - 7.00 PM

This interactive dialogue program aims to find out how you feel about the official apology by the Dutch Prime Minister and by our King for the past Dutch involvement in the slave trade. Anyone can participate.

Just show up, grab a chair and share your thoughts with us.

Location Sunday July 30:

This event is part of the Art exhibition SORRY,...

Sorry,… on Stage


Sorry,... on Stage

Friday  August 11
7.00- 9.30 PM

Sorry, on Stage is a multidisciplinairy event brought to you by musicians, thinkers, dancers, writers and performers of Curaçao. Some are young, some are older, some are well known and some are underground talents.

What they have in common is that these artists will perform their reactions on the apology the Dutch Government made for its role in the slave trade. The current exhibition Sorry,… is a reflection by 19 visual artists on this apology. With Sorry, on Stage the floor belongs to artists from other art disciplines. On Friday August 11 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.

On the Landhuis Bloemhof premises you can enjoy performances by writer Roland ‘Roi’ Colastica, the duo Iris Zavala Blanco & Vesuhely Americaan, Tittel del Mar, violinist CJ Opus, dancer True A, pianist Djuvaldric Groenenberg, dancer Rayzahna accompanied by Tshepo Seshaba on the ‘bari’, spoken word artist Robyn and a special appearance by Gordon & Friends. Tipiko Pasa Bon will open the evening and will let us go out with a blast at the end of this evening. And of course you will be able to visit the thought-provoking exhibition Sorry,…

So join us August 11 and be part of this experience with dance, music, literature and spoken word. This event is supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied.

Sorry,... on Stage starts at 7 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Tickets @ 10 ANG for adults and 5 ANG for children up to 12 years old are available at Landhuis Bloemhof and at the door on the evening of this event. Parking is also available at the Orco Bank parkinglot










June 30 till August 19


ART Exhibition 'Sorry,...' reflecting on Dutch slave trade apology 

The thought-provoking exhibition 'Sorry,...' opened on June 30th, Landhuis Bloemhof, with inspiring artworks by 19 contributors. The inauguration featured performances by Nohely Simon, Ralph Winedt and Nathania Engelhardt.

Visitors have the opportunity to engage with the artists, gain insights into their creative processes, and discover the profound narratives interwoven within their works. The exhibition 'Sorry,...' will be on display until August 19.

About 'Sorry,...'
The exhibition derives its name from the historic apology made on December 19, 2022, by the Dutch Kingdom's Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte, acknowledging the role the Dutch government played over time in the slave trade that deeply impacted Curaçao and many other countries. 'Sorry,...' invites visitors to explore the artists' personal perspectives on the apology and its significance in a variety of art forms, including mixed media, paintings, ceramic, stone and wooden sculptures, and more. Each artwork delves into the complex and emotional layers surrounding this historical event, fostering dialogue and understanding.

'Sorry,...' showcases a variety of art works by Ailsa Anastatia, Bethyamin van Nieuwenhuijzen, Ellen Spijkstra, Esther Reyerse, Gerlof Bouma, Miah de Sousa, Gwen Anderson, Kemuël Sandries, Laica Leito, Maghalie George, Margarita Haakmat, Nohely Simon, Paul Senders, Pito Polo, Raily Yance, Richard Doest, Rochelle Monte, Rose Ann Ignacio and Ruthson Cecilia.

You can see the online catalogue here.

'Sorry,...' will be on until August 19, allowing ample time for visitors to delve into the diverse range of artworks and contemplate their personal responses. Throughout the exhibition, several events will take place.

The highlights of the events include:
Travelling Dialogue started on July 2nd in Otrobanda, continuing each week at a different locations. It's an interactive dialogue session inviting the public to share perspectives on the apology and the ongoing impact of slave trading. This event is presented in collaboration with Gray Area -audiovisual & artistic production - and Carrying Narratives
Dates are July 2 Brionplein- Otrobanda, July 14 Mi Lucha Snack- Santa Maria, July 22 Sentro di Bario Montaña and July 30 at Kas di Kuenta in Santa Cruz. All dialogues from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Family Names Lecture on July 8th was an interactive presentation by Christel Monsanto about the origin of family names in Curaçao, exploring their connections to the island's history. The presentation is conducted mainly in Dutch but not excluding Papiamentu and English.

Our closing event, Sorry,... on Stage on August 11th is a multidisciplinary event brought to you by musicians, thinkers, dancers, writers and performers of Curaçao. Some are young, some are older, some are well known and some are underground talents. Read more.

Potoshi Market


Marshe di Pruga- Vlooienmarkt

Saturday June 3
9.00 am- 2.00 pm

Come and stroll in the gardens of Landhuis Bloemhof to find one of a kind items at our first Potoshi Market.
More than 60 vendors are eager to show what they collected in their homes, gardens, closets and even toy boxes. Come and find pre-loved items and thrift: clothes, home decorations, toys, plants and much more. Let’s give those lovely items a second life and reduce our waste production on the island.

Entrance fee: ANG 1,00

International Museum Day- Weekend


International Museum Day -Weekend

Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20 

Museum Weekend at Landhuis Bloemhof and Cathedral of Thorns

Locals can buy a Museum Card to visit three museums during the weekend.
Locals and visitors without the museum card get a special 50% discount on their entrance tickets at Bloemhof.

Specials for the Museum Weekend:
- introduction tours to the Bloemhof Experience at 9.30, 10.30 11.30 and 12.30
- scavenger hunt for young and old
- our new art exhibition by Wilson Garcia and Ria Houwen
- walk through 'The Cathedral of Thorns' by Herman van Bergen
- visit Hortence Brouwn's open-air sculpture studio
- get a sneak peak of Bloemhof's interesting history in the Ex Libris May-Max library
We are open from 9 am to 2 pm

Schreeuw van de Stilte / Avondlicht (Cry of Silence / Evening Light)


Schreeuw van de Stilte - Avondlicht
Cry of Silence- Evening Light



Opening Saturday May 20


Showing new oil paintings by Wilson Garcia and assemblages by Ria Houwen.

Ode to friendship
This first duo exhibition is based on the longtime friendship between Garcia and Houwen and at the same time it is an expression of their mutual respect for each other’s artistic careers. Both are well-known and successful artists, with strong ties to Curaçao, who have known each other for years, but never exhibited their art together.

Garcia, through his oil paintings, advocates for Curaçao's artistic legacy. In Schreeuw van de Stilte (Cry of Silence), he wants to pay respect to those who paved foundations on artistic and creative levels. This is a cry to remind others not to forget them. "With my paintings, I want to honor Pacheco Domacassé, Diana Lebacs, Ced Ride, and also my wife, Ria Garcia. People who have inspired me and continue to inspire me."

For Houwen, Avondlicht (Evening Light) means the light that slips away. A last gentle touch. "It is an ode to a lifelong friendship, where memories are safely locked in the heart, and then suddenly surface, along with the realization of how precious they are. It's like life in mythological times, light-footed, as if you're being lifted. Friendships had wings. Now there is only a light, a last glow and a feeling of gratitude."

In Avondlicht, Ria Houwen presents a collection of assemblages called "Pandora's Box” which she first exhibited in 2002. These are small boxes, some slightly open and others wide open. They invite you to peek and examine closer. The boxes are transformed by recycled mixed media. Worn, torn, and old materials of which their history is still palpable. According to Houwen, these objects are the key to unlocking the secrets of the subconscious, a gateway to ancient times, myths, and fairy tales that still hold power today. They bear witness to lives once lived in a distant, forgotten world of dreams, desires, and dramas.

Wilson Garcia: colorful connections between people

Wilson Garcia is a Curaçaoan artist who has made a name for himself in education and in the art world on the island. He worked for years as a coordinator and teacher at the Akademia di Arte and as a visual arts teacher at the Akademia Pedagógiko. He also taught children aged 5 to 15 years old, promoting their creative minds. In addition, he illustrated numerous children's books and postage stamps for the Antillean postal service.

Even after his retirement, Garcia remains actively involved in education, for example through his work for the Fundashon Material pa Skol. In the Netherlands, he worked for the Institute for the Development of School Childcare. With his art and his commitment to education, Garcia has made a lasting contribution to the cultural richness of Curaçao and beyond.

In 2000, he moved to the Netherlands, where he continued painting. Garcia's art is personal and invites connection. He captures human interactions in his own characteristic way through sensual ton-sur-ton images. By directly mixing oil paint on the canvas, subtle transitions and nuances emerge in his work.

About Ria Houwen
Ria Houwen, a Dutch artist who called Curaçao her home for many years, is a fascinating and dynamic creator whose art has caught the attention of both local and international audiences. She taught at the Akademia di Arte, later became an art teacher at Radulphus College, and gave workshops both at home and on location.

Houwen's journey began at the Academy of Fine Arts in the Netherlands. She arrived in Curaçao in 1972, and soon thereafter made a name for herself in the local art scene with her first exhibition at 'galerie rg' in Punda in 1975. Since then, her work has taken her to many local and international exhibitions, establishing her name in the art world.

Houwen's work reflects her own personality, characterized by a remarkable tension between eroticism and spiritual life. This connects deeply with the Caribbean world where magic and reality are interwoven in a web of complexity. Her paintings reflect on the drama of the personal soul and connects it with the drama of the island, creating a stunning and unforgettable artistic experience.


COT by Night


Cathedral of Thorns by Night

Cathedral of Thorns by Night

Friday 5th of May | 7.00 PM

Cathedral of Thorns by Night

Be prepared for a magical evening and get your tickets now for Chispas Latinas With: Yumarya Grijt, singer,  Rhazul Sebelon, kuarta, Ernie Gregorius, percussion, Arjen de Graaf, violin and Ernesto Paz, contrabas.

Doors open at 7 pm and the event starts at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are available at Bookhandel Mensings Caminada, Zumpiña Shop (next to Restaurant Number TEN) and at Landhuis Bloemhof
Entrance ANG 35.00 / US$ 20.00

Workshop Stone Sculpting


Workshop Stone Sculpting by Annie Clement

May 20 & 26 | June 3 & 10
9.99 AM- 1.00 PM

Sculptor and teacher Annie Clement is back on the island. And that means there is another workshop sculpting coming up.

Register for this 4-day course in the garden of Landhuis Bloemhof. Every Saturday morning from May 20 till June 3. From 9 am to 1 pm. An outdoor exhibition is part of the last day of the course. Tools are included. A maximum of 8 people can join this fun workshop.

Reggister at