• The Architects of Peace

    Library blog - July 12, 2018

    In the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the WW1 Armistice (1918-2018) centenary, the Mundaneum and the Peace Palace are celebrating together “The Architects of Peace”. Peace is not a natural state. Peace is about a long and laborious construction process. All around Europe, through the years, different heritage sites tell the story of men and women who’ve worked towards designing peace and hence, contributing to what makes Europe today. A place with no war for the last seven decades and awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

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  • The Eagle Has Landed

    News and events - August 4, 2017

    A more than 2 meters high statue of an eagle has been in restoration for many years. The statue was first completely restored in the 1970’s after it was broken in two parts during building works. It was badly damaged again over 10 years ago. But now the eagle is back in good shape and placed at a wonderful location near the pond in the garden of the Peace Palace. But what’s exactly the story behind this fierce looking animal?

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  • Publication on Johan Wateler, Peace Philanthropist and Founder of the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize

    News and events - December 21, 2016

    At the height of the First World War, in 1916, the Dutch banker Johan Wateler wrote his last will in which he decided to allocate his fortune for a peace prize, the current Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize. This prestigious prize is awarded every year at the Peace Palace in The Hague. This publication offers the first biography of the relatively anonymous Dutchman who followed in the footsteps of great peace philanthropists as Alfred Nobel. Johan Watelers motives for establishing a peace prize are discussed by following his career as a pioneer of social credit banks under the patronage of Princess Sophie of Orange-Nassau. And by looking at his personal interests for theatre and poetry. The gift of November 16, 1916 remains an inspiring example of philanthropy as a ‘credit for peace’ in times of war and crisis.

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  • In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    News and events - April 30, 2015

    We would like to honor the talented and multi-faceted artist Herman Rosse (1887-1965) with a brief summary of his artistic career since this year it is fifty years ago that he passed away. Herman Rosse was especially assigned by the Board of the Carnegie Foundation as a specialist of the design of the interior of the Peace Palace. In close cooperation with the Dutch executive architect of the Peace Palace, J.A.G. van de Steur, Herman Rosse invented merely the whole decoration scheme of the building. Rosse adorned almost all the ceilings, vaults and windows of the important rooms of the building with wonderful decorations, geometrical shapes and symbols of peace and justice.

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  • The Great War in Posters: Communication Instrument and Work of Art

    The Great War in Posters: Communication Instrument and Work of Art

    First World War Centenary - November 27, 2014

    World War I Poster Exhibition: 14 November 2014 – 12 January 2015, Peace Palace, Main Hall. World War I meant an important new role for the poster: propaganda. The posters produced during the war were part of the largest military campaign ever. They were used raising money for the war, get young men to enlist, provoking enemy states but also to support the wounded soldiers. The main intention was to bring the public closer to the war.

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  • Pax, Queen of the Guards of the Peace Palace

    Pax, Queen of the Guards of the Peace Palace

    Peace Palace Centenary - July 15, 2013

    When you enter the grounds of the Peace Palace don’t forget to look up at the symbolic statues, standing as guards in the niches on the façade of the building. The Dutch architect of the Peace Palace, J.A.G. van der Steur, assigned eleven different artists to design these seventeen decorative statues.
    Pax, Queen of the Guards of the Peace Palace

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  • Albert Besnard ( 1849-1934), La Paix et la Justice, 1914

    Doves, Swords, Scales and …

    Library blog - June 8, 2012

    Doves, scales, olive branches, swords and many ladies justice in paintings, sculptures, tiles and panels adorn the halls of the Peace Palace. These symbols of peace emphasize the essence of the foundation of the building and the institutions it houses. A very fine example is the painting by Albert Besnard (1849-1934): La Paix et la Justice, 1914.

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