A colored crystal house! It exists and it is a real house in Amersfoort on the Heiligenbergerweg. A modern four-story building with a house, a studio and exhibition space. It is a new artwork by the Chinese-Dutch painter Juane Xue, which she has created for art, for the Amersfoort and Dutch public and for herself.
The source for the design of the Kleur huis is one of the names of Juane Xue namely “晶”. In English, “晶” means crystal. The chosen crystal shape has 21 facets (triangles) and symbolizes the 21st century. These 21 facets mean that no facet stands right on the ground.
The shape of the windows and doors are also derived from the word “晶”. The Chinese character “晶” consists of the combination of three characters “日”. This sign stands for the Chinese word “sun”. Doors and windows have all evolved from the word “日”. Under the architect’s imagination, the word “sun” has been used for windows and doors.
Juane Xue is a famous artist with a unique style, which is characterized by play of light and shadow and its rich use of colors. She also lets her style shine, which makes her famous, at the Kleur Huis. She uses the lucky number “seven” to symbolize all things in nature with seven colors. The colors are purposefully applied to the house as in the paintings. The seven colors form the four seasons of the year, from the ridge to the ground, spring in the front, summer on the left, autumn on the octagon and winter on the right. There is a long blue shadow on the white facades under all seasons. Light and shadow always play a major role in Juane’s paintings. She regards the color blue as a symbol of space and mystery. The color white is the symbol of blank in Chinese painting, which indicates purity and infinity. The alternating combination of the colors white and blue, light and shadow form the concept of yin-yang, strong and soft. This shows the most important balance and perfect embodiment of the universe.
Characteristic of this artwork is Juane Xue itself the camouflage / sun blind curtain designs and makes. Because the moving light and the moving shadow on the floor is reflected in the exhibition hall.
The two large exhibition rooms on the ground floor and in the basement (together 250 m2 in size) in National Gallery The Netherlands are equipped with all kinds of modern professional museum systems (light and hanging) for all kinds of exhibitions. The large mezzanine on the ground floor (3 x 2.5 m) catches the eye, so that direct daylight enters the basement and offers the possibility of bringing large works of art to the basement.
National Gallery The Netherlands is busy professionalizing its museum. With a lift – the lift shaft is already present – she hopes to become more accessible for the disabled or people with a pram. A disabled toilet is already present.
There will be more moving walls and professional spots to optimally illuminate the paintings and sculptures.
In addition, the intention is to make a sculpture garden in the garden of National Gallery The Netherlands. This will also include images of Juane Xue.
The aim of National Gallery The Netherlands is to organize activities in the Kleur Huis where the quality of the exhibitions creates a stage / learning place for amateur art and professional art. The attraction for young and old should make National Gallery The Netherlands a household word for people from Amersfoort and people from outside Amersfoort. National Gallery The Netherlands will put Amersfoort on the map.