In memory of…World Aids Day

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Date(s) - 01/12/2013 - 31/01/2014
10:00 - 17:00

Amsterdam Museum


The Amsterdam Museum commemorates World Aids Day in December and January. It shows new additions to it’s collection: the costumes of the legendary drag queen and aids activist Hellun Zelluf (Geert Vissers 1960-1992) host of the Gay Dating Show. Alongside these costumes the museum shows an Aids Memorial Quilt in it’s Schuttersgallery.

Hellun Zelluf and the Gay Dating Show

When Aids ravaged the gay community in the 80’s and 90’s people reacted in several ways. Singer and aids activist Geert Vissers, didn’t want to go down quietly and inform people about safe sex in an unique and ‘tongue in cheek’ way. With friends and with himself as the drag queen persona Hellun Zelluf started the ‘Gay Dating Show’ a popular quasi-dating show with performances, interviews en informative clips. This unique form of Aids education and entertainment reached the local television channel Salto and became a cult hit in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Museum recently received costumes of Hellun Zelluf and has added them to it’s collection. The costumes are designed by and donated to the museum by Tycho Boeker. As a part of this exhibition pictures of the Gay Dating Show  are shown made by Jan Carel Warffemius and Erwin Olaf.

Hellun Zelluf and her companion Beestje Freek (c)Wilberto van de Boogaard
Hellun Zelluf and her companion Beestje Freek (c)Wilberto van de Boogaard

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