Library: The Hague World Capital

Location: library and library window Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
7 September 2013 -  8 January 2014 (extended due to popular demand)
Visible from the street 24/7

Part of See You in The Hague, a multifaceted narrative about the ambitions and reality of The Hague as International City of Peace and Justice.

The first Peace Conference (1899) in The Hague led to the foundation of the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague, for which appropriate housing was needed. Early 1905, while the discussion about the best location for this Peace Palace was still going on, the famous radiographer, physician, hygienist, anthropologist and pacifist Pieter Eijkman and his private secretary, freethinker, pacifist and spiritualist Paul Horrix founded a ‘Preliminary Office of the Foundation of Internationalism'. They were driven by pure idealism. It was a private enterprise aimed at increasing mutual understanding between people and nations.

They tried to achieve their lofty ideal by concentrating a number of international academies around a peace palace in The Hague, and by collecting documentation about international organizations and peace movements. The principal aim of the Preliminary Office was the foundation of a ‘World Capital of Internationalism' in the dunes of The Hague, as a realization of their ideas to promote world peace. They expected the architect Karel de Bazel to design this ‘City of Peace'.

Special thanks to:
Collection NAi, part of The New Institute; Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands); Haags Gemeentearchief; Carnegie Foundation - Peace Palace.

Den Haag Centraal, 8 november 2013 (in Dutch)
De Avonden, VPRO radio, 1 november 2013 (in Dutch)
Avondlog (VPRO) - part 3, 30 October 2013 (in Dutch)
Avondlog (VPRO) - part 2, 24 oktober 2013 (in Dutch)
Avondlog (VPRO) - part 1, 23 oktober 2013 (in Dutch), 29 September 2013 (in Dutch)


Ontwerp See You in The Hague: Autobahn

Library window: The Hague World Capital
photo: Gerrit Schreurs, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Marjolijn van der Meij, 'The Hague World Capital', tekening op papier, 2013
photo: © Marjolijn van der Meij
Window: The Hague World Capital
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Window: The Hague World Capital
photo: Stroom Den Haag
The Hague as World Capital
photo: collection NAi
map The Hague World City
photo: collection NAi
Pieter Eijkman
photo: collection NAi
Office of the Foundation of Internationalism, Van Lennepweg 6, The Hague
photo: collection Koninklijke Bibliotheek
View of The Hague from the Musschenberg
photo: collection Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Design: Autobahn