"Girl With a Pearl Earring" to visit the USA


Vermeer's masterpiece "Girl With a Pearl Earring" will be on display in three museums in the United States in 2013, along with 34 other masterpieces from the Dutch Royal Picture Gallery, the Mauritshuis.

The traveling exhibition "Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis,” will start in January 2013 at the De Young museum in San Francisco and then move to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. In October the show will be scaled down to 10 works and presented as “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis” at the Frick Collection in New York City.

The Dutch Maurits House museum will undergo a renovation starting April 2013 and is sending 35 paintings on a two-year tour to the United States and Japan. The tour, a $28 million fundraiser for the renovation of the museum, will include paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael.

A repeat visitor to the United States

The highlight of the exhibition is the world-famous "Girl With a Pearl Earring", painted around 1665. The painting became the subject of a best-selling novel in 1999 and in 2003 of a movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

The painting appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984 as part of a five-year traveling show during the Mauritshuis’s previous restoration. It was last seen in the United States in 1995 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in a 21-picture exhibition focused solely on Vermeer.

Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis:

- De Young Museum in San Francisco, January 26 to June 2, 2013
- High Museum of Art in Atlanta, June 22 to September 29, 2013
- the Frick Collection in New York City (10 paintings), October 22, 2013 to January 12, 2014.

Movie premiere "Riding Bikes with the Dutch"


Riding Bikes with the Dutch.American filmmaker Michael Bauch fell in love with the Dutch bicycling lifestyle. His movie Riding Bikes with the Dutch, created while he lived in Amsterdam for a while, premieres May 9 at the Bicycle Film Festival in Long Beach, California.

Riding Bikes with the Dutch compares the bicycling culture of Holland with the car-centered lifestyle in Southern California and provides a twist of optimism in the urban seaside location of Long Beach, California. Amsterdam streetscapes and bicycle parking structures; Los Angeles freeways and Long Beach bike paths serve as scenic backdrop for the filmmaker’s dream to create more livable communities here in the United States.

Bike riding was a favorite activity for Michael Bauch, a Long Beach resident and independent filmmaker, who noticed that many of his local errands involved short rides which were less than three miles. After installing a simple basket, Bauch’s bicycle was now equipped for runs to the grocery store, bank and post office, and cross-town meetings. Integrating the bike into his everyday life seemed effortless and often quicker than taking a car, fighting traffic congestion and finding a place to park.

"A bike is the ultimate multi-task tool. Get your local errands done, your exercise, and do your share for the environment all in one fell swoop. I didn't understand why my neighbors weren’t integrating them into their everyday lives," said Michael Bauch. "In the U.S., bicycles are perceived either as high-performance sports machines, toys for children, or a last resort. This cultural perception intrigued me as it was in direct contrast to the values shared by my family living in Europe who use bikes as daily transport—and one of my inspirations for this project."

Living in Amsterdam

Riding Bikes with the Dutch.An early short documentary entitled Amsterdam: the Bicycling Capital of Europe captivated him to further the endeavor. In the fall of 2007, Bauch together with his wife and 7-month old son exchanged their home in Long Beach, California for a canal-apartment near the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam. The experience allowed the filmmaker to live and film on location in the picturesque bike-filled city.

Bauch: "The first time I stepped off the train in Amsterdam I was literally speechless. As soon as I set foot on the ground I was almost run over by a mob of bikes. I turned to look up and to my amazement there was a 3 level structure dedicated to just parking bicycles. Everyone from three years old to 93 seemed to be tooling around the city on two wheels. This was too much to take in with just my own eyes. I needed to share this with everyone I could and this is why I made my film: Riding Bikes with the Dutch."

Riding Bikes with the Dutch
May 9, 2010 at the Bicycle Film Festival, Long Beach, CA
Trailer of the film (YouTube)

Mayor of Nijmegen & actors in New York City


On Sunday February 28 there was a reception in the Morgan Library & Museum in New York to celebrate the exposition “Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves”. Several presentations provided a background to the historical book and presented the city of Nijmegen.

Thomas de Graaf, Mayor of Nijmegen, attended and he was joined by a large cast of actors who portrayed characters from the book's era. As the Roger Wieck, curator of The Morgan Library said: "The museum has never seen a more well-dressed crowd!"

Thomas de Graaf: "Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands"
After we wrote about the exhibition earlier, several of our readers stated on our Facebook page that Dordrecht and Maastricht are older than Nijmegen. We asked Mr. de Graaf about the claim that Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands.

Mr. de Graaf clearly enjoyed the subject and was quite clear: "Well, certainly not Dordrecht. They didn't get city rights until the Middle Ages. Maastricht may have a somewhat better claim, but in fact the city archeologist of Maastricht has proclaimed that indeed Nijmegen is older". An import piece of evidence is the godenpijler, a monument to Roman Emperor Tiberius which was found in Nijmegen. It dated to 8 BCE or 5 CE, and points out the importance of Nijmegen at that time.

Thomas de Graaf."People from Maastricht will challenge us and ask whether Nijmegen been inhabited continuously since then. However, we have archeological proof that indeed it has been, such as cemeteries and other archeological finds."

Actors from Nijmegen
A group of 30 actors from the Netherlands was in the museum to illustrate the costumes people wore at that time. Mr. Pool, one of the actors who helped check in guests, explained that the group of actors has been performing around in Zutphen, Nijmegen and other cities in the Netherlands. In 2005 Nijmegen celebrated its 2000 years of existence.

Mr. Brown and Mr. van der Haargh are court announcers, who were enjoying their work and being in New York. "We arrived yesterday". Mr. van der Haargh explained his shoes -- they are made from leather and have sheep wool to soften them. "The more pointy your shoe's nose, the higher your status". The outside of the shoe is made of linen.

Mrs. Van Thiel, who was portraying Catherine of Cleves, was excited to be in New York City. "Tomorrow we'll do a photo shoot on Times Square, 5th Avenue etc. I've been in the costume for 10 hours already today but Tuesday we'll have some time off; I hope to be able to see Ellis Island".

Mr. de Graaf spoke about the history of the city, and its relevance today. "Founded by Romans in the year 5, the Emperor gave us city charter less than 100 years later". "Nijmegen is not only the oldest city in the Netherlands, but also the youngest and most vibrant. The Rolling Stones and Coldplay, when they come to the Netherlands they choose Nijmegen."

The U.S. 82nd Airborn Division and paratroopers liberated Nijmegen in World War II in what Mr. de Graaf called "one of the most heroic operations of the war". He also mentioned the connection with Albany, NY, which helped Nijmegen during and after the war.

Ruud Priem, Curator of Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, explained why the book of Cleves is so popular. The three main reasons are the elaborate stories in the book, the attention to detail of every day level scenes ("baby Jezus with a wooden walker") and the book's inventiveness -- it's very creative and has lovely minute details. Mr. Priem explained that the exhibition shows nearly a hundred of the 150 pages of the book; after the show the pages will be rebound.

Roger Wieck, Curator of The Morgan Library & Museum, was very excited about the exhibition. "Our collection is the finest in the country, and this is one of the collection's finest works."

The exhibition will be on display for several more weeks.

Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves
Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
January 22 through May 2, 2010

Dutch designers in Washington DC gallery


Remy and Veenhuizen.The Washington Post writes today about an exhibition by Dutch designers Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen in the Industry Gallery in Washington DC.

This is the first American solo exhibition for Mr. Remy, 20 years after he launched the radical idea of recycling-as-fine-design. Since 2000, all of Remy's works have been done in collaboration with Mr. Veenhuizen.

The Washington Post:

People often use words like "whimsical," "comic" or "witty" to describe the works of Remy and Veenhuizen, but the laughter they provoke is usually nervous, more like a response to Lenny Bruce than to Mickey Mouse. "For us, it's dead serious," Veenhuizen says, smiling. "It's not humor for humor's sake," says Remy, more soberly. "Good humor is very intellectual."

Almost all of us still associate design with "comfort" -- if not physical, then at least intellectual or aesthetic. Even if a Bauhaus armchair in chrome and leather may not be easy on the bottom, it is easy on the eyes and has such a get-able gestalt that we can learn to be at ease with it. Even most avant-garde designers have come up with new models for comfort and ease -- turning away from Victorian velvet-on-oak, for instance, to embrace Bauhaus, then Danish modern. What few designers have done is work to abolish comfort itself as a design principle, in favor of objects that disconcert. That's the Remy and Veenhuizen model.

Exhibition Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen
March 20 through May 8
Industry Gallery, Washington, DC

New paintings in Holland, MI


Adriaen Brouwer.The Holland Museum in Holland, Michigan, houses an extensive collection of Dutch paintings. The Dutch Galleries of the Museum showcases many 17th to 20th century Dutch paintings and more than one hundred and seventy other cultural objects, from fine furniture, Delftware and silver to original Dutch costumes

Tomorrow, March 27th, two new paintings will added to the Galleries. One is a Willem Kalf kitchen still life, and the other is an untitled work, referred to internally as ‘The Drinking Man’, attributed to Adriaen Brouwer.

To celebrate the addition of the paintings a local author created a brief play inspired by these and other paintings in the Gallery. The play and “Dutch Art Comes Alive” event make up the ceremony around these two paintings being added to the gallery. The museum will have a a reception that day as well. Thea Grigsby, the Executive Director, is the resident Dutch art expert and will provide some insight into the paintings in the form of a short talk.

The Adriaen Brouwer was donated to the Museum by Eleanor DeKruif from Zeeland (wife of noted microbiologist Paul DeKruif); the Willem Kalf was donated by the Beekhuis Foundation. The paintings are not new to the museum -- the Adriaen Brouwer was donated in 1979 -- but this is the first time the works go on display.

Holland Museum
Holland, Michigan

Frans Hals reunited in Connecticut


An art exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut temporary reunites two works of Frans Hals and other pairs of paintings. The show, "Reunited Masterpieces", displays 10 pairs of paintings that were originally created together but over time were sold to different collectors and museums. The intimate exhibition is worth a visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Three of the pairs on display are by Dutch painters.

The works by Frans Hals are portraits of Joseph Coymans and his wife, Dorothea Berck; he was 52, she 51 when works were created in 1644. His portrait belongs to the Wadsworth, while her's traveled north from the Baltimore Museum of Art to join him. The two have been reunited only once before, in a show in Hals' hometown, Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1962.

The Wadsworth Atheneum acquired a painting of Adam by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) in 2004. The corresponding Eve belongs to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg, France. A New York Times review describes the differences between the two paintings:

"Some of the paintings in the pairs appear extremely different, partly because of different conservation methods, Dr. Zafran, the curator, explained. The portrait of Adam remains fresh, pink and luminous, while Eve appears older and more weathered, with a light coating of grime and crackling on the surface."

A third pair of Dutch paintings, with very elaborate frames, is of the hand of Johannes Verkolje de Elder. His 1674 portraits of Johan de la Faille and his wife Margaretha Delff both belong to the Wadsworth. Shortly after the museum bought Johan's portrait in 1982 it became aware of the accompanying painting of his wife and purchased it a year later.

The permanent collection of Wadsforth Atheneum contains several other Dutch works including a Rembrandt and Ruysdael's "View on Bloemendaal".

Reunited Masterpieces
February 14 through May 30, 2010
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Dutch Art Now 2010, pictures


Dutch Art Now 2010, picturesAs we wrote earlier, this week is the Dutch Art Now art fair in New York City. On Friday evening there was a party at the National Arts Club which drew a large crowd of art lovers.

Click on 'Read more' for pictures of the evening.

Dutch Art Now 2010


Dutch art.In the first two weeks of March there will be an art fair with Dutch art galleries and Dutch artists at the National Arts Club in New York.

The event, named Dutch Art Now, will be held during the Armory Arts Week, when New York attracts art lovers and experts from around the world with art events all over town.

The official opening will be on Tuesday March 2 by Dutch Consul General Gajus Scheltema and on Friday March 5 there will be a Dutch night with drinks and a Dutch bite.

Dutch Art Now is an initiative of the Amsterdam based Fair Foundation and is supported by Consulaat Generaal van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden & Witzenhausen Gallery AMS|NY.

Dutch Art Now, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC
March 3 through March 14

Rembrandt in southern California


Rembrandt in Southern California. Southern California is home to the third-largest assemblage of Rembrandt paintings in the United States. "The Golden Age in the Golden State" is the fitting title of one of the current exhibitions that display Rembrandt van Rijn's work in California this month. A number of museums coordinated their shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Marino.

One of the highlights is "Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference" in The Getty Museum. This exhibition features drawings by 15 of Rembrandt's pupils in close comparison to drawings by the master himself. The show also features works of other Dutch painters taught by or inspired by Rembrandt such as Ferdinand Bol and Nicolaes Maes.

There are currently seven temporary exhibitions in Southern California:

There is also a virtual exhibition of Rembrandt's work in Southern California.

Two Nijmegen manuscripts in New York City


Nijmegen.The Dutch town of Nijmegen is proud of two current art exhibitions in New York City with a strong connection to Holland's oldest city.

Since January 22 the exposition "Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves" has been on display the Morgan Library & Museum. On March 1 the Metropolitan Museum of Art will open "The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry".

Both shows display illuminated manuscripts with a connection to Nijmegen. The book in the Morgan library was created for Katherina van Kleef, a Nijmegen noble woman, the other manuscript was illustrated by three brothers from the city. According to Vanuit New the major of Nijmegen, Thom de Graaf, will join a group of re-enactment actors on a trip to New York.

Hours of Catherine of Cleves

A 'book of hours', getijdenboek in Dutch, is devotional book that was popular in the Middle Ages. According to the Morgan Library, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves is the most important and lavish of all Dutch manuscripts as well as one of the most beautiful among the Morgan's collection. "Commissioned by Catherine of Cleves around 1440 and illustrated by an artist known as the Master of Catherine of Cleves, the work is an illustrated prayer book containing devotions that Catherine would recite throughout the day. The manuscript's two volumes have been disbound for the exhibition, which features nearly a hundred miniatures".

The Limbourg Brothers

"The Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection, is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts in this country. Because it is currently unbound, it is possible to exhibit all of its illuminated pages as individual leaves, a unique opportunity never to be repeated. The exhibition will elucidate the manuscript, its artists—the young Franco-Netherlandish Limbourg Brothers—and its patron, Jean de France, duc de Berry. A select group of precious objects from the same early fifteenth-century courtly milieu will place the manuscript in the context of the patronage of Jean de Berry and his royal family, the Valois."

Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves
Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
January 22 through May 2, 2010

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
March 2 through June 13, 2010


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