Exhibition "Floris, 50 years of youth hero"
The Museum of the 20th Century from 3 February to 15 September 2019 presents an exhibition about the famous TV series "Floris". It is exactly 50 years ago in 2019 that the series was broadcast. This exhibition gives the fans a lot of fun by the recognition. And younger generations will meet a medieval hero who is still alive and kicking.
Most successful series from 1969
Floris is a Dutch television series from 1969 and the best viewed program from that year. Both director Paul Verhoeven and actor Rutger Hauer debuted with this series. Floris is about a medieval knight who experiences exciting adventures.
At the exhibition you can see a lot of photo and film material of the series and original props. Thanks to the cooperation of Jaap Kooimans (author of the new book "Floris, the complete story behind the successful television series") and loans from various museums and people, the museum can give a good impression of the origins, success and special history of Floris. . Also life in the Middle Ages is highlighted further. With various attributes there is also much to do and experience for children.
Memories of visitors
The exhibition also has space for anecdotes from viewers from the sixties. The series was extremely popular and many children played 'knight' in the street in 1969 and 1970. Also in the early 70s many boys with the name Floris were born.
Floris, a knight who wants his castle back
The story of the series goes like this. Floris van Rosemondt has sailed the world for years. When he returns, he finds himself in the middle of the battle between the Burgundian kingdom of Philip the Fair and the duchy of Charles of Guelders. His castle has been conquered by the latter. Together with his good friend Sindala, a fakir he met in India, he joins the Burgundians and fights with them against the soldiers of Gelre, the mercenary army of Maarten van Rossem and Lange Pier to regain their freedom and their land. .
Character of the hero
Floris is young, courageous and just. He can ride well and swordplay. However, he can also be rather naïve, stubborn, superstitious and not too quick to understand. Fortunately, this is compensated by the wisdom and calm character of the fakir Sindala.
Fun for children
Even those who do not know the series well will enjoy this exhibition. And certainly children. The Museum of the 20th Century is increasingly known as a museum for families and children. This age category is not forgotten at "Floris". There are many do-and-play things for children. Children can fully enjoy themselves as knights and princesses. With arrow-and-archery, knight- and princess clothing and of course swords. They can also sit on a beautiful vintage mechanical rocking horse. And also nice shudder in a torture corner and play in a large play castle.
Start of careers
Both Rutger Hauer and Paul Verhoeven are now famous over the ocean. At the beginning of the TV series Floris almost nobody knew them. It was even the first time that he filmed with sound for director Paul Verhoeven. For both, Floris meant the beginning of a brilliant career in the film world. How nice is it to see images from their start time again! That is also possible with the exhibition 'Floris, 50 years of youth hero' in the Hoorn Museum of the Twentieth Century.