Ever thought about how you read? What takes place? What reading involves? The small exhibition ‘The Art of Reading – from William Kentridge to Wikipedia’ focuses on just a few steps in the process of reading. It shows twenty modern works of art, all related to the art of reading.
Imagine, looking at a painting through a microscope and … a dead monster pops up! No: no joke! It happened to a curator while poring over olive trees, painted by Vincent van Gogh.
The painting can be found at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, in Kansas City. It just illustrates: art can kill!
Seascapes by some impressionist contain sand particles, blown on the canvas by a sea-breeze.
The grasshopper killed by van Gogh splashing paint on canvas is a one-off; one hopes.
This small, moving exhibition can be found at The Hague’s Historical Museum. The museum is one of several around the so-called Hofvijver and close to the Mauritshuis. The exhibition focuses on the lives of Mr. Cupido and Mr. Sideron: two African servants at the 18th century court of the Oranje-Nassau Stadholder-family in The Hague.
When wealthy business tycoon Carl Joseph Fodor died in 1860, he left his art collection to Amsterdam. Now a selection of absolute highlights from Fodor’s collection can be admired at a small Amsterdam canal-house. In the period house, visitors are treated to drawings by world-famous artist like da Vinci, Rubens, Rembrandt.
In one of the oldest town of the Netherlands, Dordrecht, a museum gives an impression of its origin and roots. In just a few rooms it manages to show how and where it started and what was exhibited. This small and cute exhibition is called “Spiegel voor het Heden” or “Mirror of the Present”.
This autumn, the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague will open a major exhibition on Flemish Masters. The museum and its Flemish counterpart, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, organize this exhibition.
For those unable to visit: both museums offer a consolation. Two paintings, one owned by the Antwerp and one by the The Hague museum, treating the same subject but created by different painters, can be admired right now.
Take a stroll into the woods with van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot this summer – while visiting the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Its summer exhibition in the museum’s exhibition wing, shows 34 works by these and other painters. The selected paintings are from the museum’s own collection, as well as from the The Hague Mesdag and private collections.
Peter van den Brink is pretty pleased. He is director of the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany. From Monday 10th of July 2017, his museum is able to exhibit a painting which has returned home. Continue reading