On arrival, I jokingly told staff I had turned up for an audience. That I had arrived for a meeting with their Pope. Of course, the truth was, I was at one of Utrecht’s museums for a small exhibition.
In search of scenes more enticing that flat land, mills, cows, some Dutch landscape painters left their country. An exhibition at the Dordrecht Museum is dedicated to landscape painters from the Romantic era, suffering from Wanderlust.
In its review, Die Zeit rightly calls Dunkelblum by Eva Menasse a masterpiece. The vitriolic humour with which this thriller starts is quite entertaining and hilarious. Yet Dunkelblum may seem an entertaining thriller, it addresses serious themes while using real crimes.
The Amsterdam house which was Rembrandt’s till he went bust, owns the world’s largest collection of his prints. This summer and early autumn, the museum treats visitors to a fine selection of Etching Revival or Rembrandt Revival prints. This exhibition is to be found on two floors which visitors reach after their tour through Rembrandt’s 17th century home.
The first time it happened, at least only the frame was damaged. Then walls were spray-painted as well. Now the barbarians actually glued themselves to the painting.
In June, an exhibition at the National Museum in Slovenia was supposed to have opened. Supposed, as the opening was cancelled. Within days after the cancellation, a police probe had started.
One of the current exhibitions at the Fotomuseum Den Haag, or The Hague Museum of Photography, explores the relationship between photographer and his or her parents. ‘Parents’ is actually a fare-well exhibition. Curator Wim van Sinderen, who worked at the museum since it opened, will leave at the end of this year.
He is staring at you! Have a good look: he is! And I think he’s not in a good mood. Whom? Vincent van Gogh. At the Scottish National Gallery (NGS), Vincent van Gogh stares back at whoever takes the trouble of admiring the back of one of his works, using X-rays.
At the The Hague Mesdag Collection, visitors are treated to a small, unique exhibition: “Under the spell of Nature”. Ten drawings from the museum’s own collection are shown in an intimate setting. This offers visitors a unique chance to study these drawings closely.
Yes, I know you heard all about the European Fine Art Fair or TEFAF in Maastricht being the scene of a jewellery heist. That thieves smashed display-cases. That visitors were evacuated. That thieves were arrested that very same day! Wait, hold on …