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The Museum of Friesland: Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Sympathise with the girl behind the myth

Mata Hari: an innocent exotic dancer or a dangerous spy? The life of the Frisian-born Margaretha Zelle has always aroused the imagination. Exactly 100 years after her execution, the Museum of Friesland opened the largest Mata Hari exhibition to date. Studio Louter developed the concept in collaboration with the Museum of Friesland and OPERA Amsterdam. We also designed all the projections and multimedia.


The exhibition brings visitors closer to Mata Hari than ever before. You will be taken back to her childhood in Leeuwarden, see projections of the exotic dance in which she slowly reveals her naked body and you can read her heart-wrenching personal letters and military files that have never been exhibited before through a transcription application. You cannot help but sympathise with the girl behind the myth.


NRC Handelsblad: ‘The Museum of Friesland gift-wraps the documentary in an exhibition that is halfway between a detective and a biography.’


Leeuwarder Courant: ‘A performance reminiscent of an adventure novel.’


Reformatorisch Dagblad: ‘An honest portrayal of the life story of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, but nevertheless no less shocking.’


Tijdelijke tentoonstelling


OPERA Amsterdam


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