• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Institutional Members

  • Museum Panorama Mesdag

    The Hague / Netherlands

    Museum Panorama Mesdag is na icon in The Haguw, with the Panorama of Scheveningen as its absolute highlight. The museum owes its name to the largest painting in the Netherlands, but also houses an impressive collection of other works by Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje Mesdag – van Houten. With many temporary exhibitions that connect the past to the present there is always something new to see in this museum, which remains endlessly fascinating for all visitors.

    History of the Panorama

    The Panorama of Scheveningen is over 140 years old. In 1880, Hendrik Willem Mesdag received a commission from a Belgian panorama firm for this 360-degree painting. He chose the village of Scheveningen, which he loved and could be reached on foot from his home in The Hague, as his subject. The location from which he painted was the highest dune in the village: the Seinpost Dune.

    Biggest painting in the Netherlands

    Taking up all of 1680 square metres, the Panorama of Scheveningen is the largest painting in the Netherlands. It is 14.6 metres tall and 114.5 metres in circumference. With the help of his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, George Hendrik Breitner, Théophile de Bock and Bernard Blommers – all of whom were renowned painters in their time – he was able to complete the Panorama of Scheveningen in only four months. This was a tremendous achievement.

    Since 1881

    The Panorama’s grand opening was held on 1 August 1881. One of the guests was Vincent van Gogh. He was extremely impressed by it, exclaiming in mock complaint that the canvas contained only one flaw: namely that it was flawless.

    From panorama to museum

    Mesdag’s panorama is one of the few to have been preserved and the oldest in the world to still be on display at its original location. With the emergence of cinema, the popularity of panoramas started to wane and Mesdag’s Panorama of Scheveningen went bankrupt only a few years after its opening. This upset the painter so much that he purchased the panorama and so became the museum’s first director in 1886. In the gallery leading to the panorama, he presented paintings by himself and his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, as well as their contemporaries. Both artists are considered to be among the most significant painters of the Hague School.

     

    +070-3106665
  • The Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo

    Waterloo / Belgium

    The Waterloo Panorama is a vast, circular building housing a canvas painted in 1912 by Louis Dumoulin, a renowned professional painter whose ‘Panorama du Tour du Monde’ (voyage around the world) was presented at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Its spectacular dimensions – 110 metres in circumference and 12 metres high – and the exceptional soundtrack plunge you right into the midst of the Battle of Waterloo. You will be surrounded on all sides by battle scenes, the clashing of sabres, cavalry charges and cannon blasts.

  • Bursa Fetih Müzesi Panorama 1326

    Bursa / Turkey

     

    Constructed by the Osmangazi Municipality and opened in 2018, the Panorama 1326 Bursa Conquest picture depicts the city on the day of April 6, 1326 at around 11 am. It is the day of surrender and handing over the symbolic key of the city by the Byzantine governor to Orhan Ghazi, the conqueror of Bursa. The picture’s viewing point is the minaret of Haci Ivaz Pasha Mosque located near the Grand Mosque of Bursa at the city center. Constructed in the form of a Full Panorama, it is the world's largest "Full Panoramic" museum with a 42-meter diameter dome. The Conquest Museum is also the structure with the largest dome in Türkiye. Even though the title mentions conquest, the Panorama picture does not depict a scene of war, instead it depicts the lifestyle of semi-nomadic Turks, food culture, clothing culture, daily practices, traditional sports and games, the natural scene of the city from the viewing point. All the details and figures in the digitally created panoramic picture were made as a result of meticulous research and based on historical sources, under the supervision of the “History and Art Board,” which consists of expert academics. In addition to permanent galleries, the museum also houses a temporary exhibition hall, a library, two cafeterias, two multi-functional conference halls, a forum area and a gift shop. The Museum is located in an area that can be described as the eastern gate of the historic commercial neighborhood.

    +0 224 224 1326
  • Laysan Island Cyclorama - University of Iowa Museum of Natural History

    Iowa City, Iowa / U.S.A.

    Pentacrest Museums Director: Liz Crooks

     

    The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History was founded by order of the Iowa Legislature in 1858 and is the oldest university museum west of the Mississippi River. The museum combines exhibits, education resources, programming, collections and research opportunities to support the University of Iowa and our community. The mission of the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is to inspire in visitors of all ages understanding and a sense of wonder, discovery, respect, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds through exhibits, educational programs, and collections, as well as through linkages with UI research and activities.

    Unique to the Museum of Natural History is the Laysan Island Cyclorama.  The century-old Laysan Island Cyclorama offers a 360-degree view of Laysan, an outpost of the Hawaiian atoll and a bird sanctuary. The Laysan Island Cyclorama is the only one left of its kind. Completed in 1914, it was one of the first and is now the last remaining example to feature a natural history group. It is the only one ever to represent a single ecosystem.  The Laysan Island Cyclorama is in a purpose-built room in the northwest corner of the Hageboeck Hall of Birds, in Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa campus in downtown Iowa City.  Considered an integral part of the Museum of Natural History, the building was constructed with space reserved for the yet to be created cyclorama.

    +319 335 0480
  • Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg

    Luxembourg
    Director: Danièle Wagener

     

    The Historical Museum of the City of Luxembourg presents a panorama that shows the central square of the town in the 17th century and has been created in 2006 by the French artist Antoine Fontaine.

    +352 4796 4500
  • Ópusztasser National Historical Heritage Park - Feszty-Panorama

    Ópusztaszer / Hungary
    Director: Péter Kertész

    The Ópusztaszer National Historical Heritage Park invites to explore the history of Hungary as well as the culture and life-style of people living on the Southern Great Plain. Beautifully nestled in the Pusztaszer Protected Landscape, the Heritage Park marks one of the most sacred and important historical sites in Hungary, Ópusztaszer, where in the year 896 the modern nation of Hungary was born.

    The Heritage Park exhibits one of Europe’s largest panorama paintings, the Feszty-panorama 'Arrival of the Conquering Hungarians into the Carpathian Basin'

    +36 62 275 257