Art is no fringe attached to the garment, and no amusement that is added to life, but a most serious power in our present existence.
Abraham Kuyper

Exhibitions 2020

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22 October – 30 January, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, Vienna: The Age of Dürer. Austria at the Gate of the Renaissance. Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Altdorfer, Jörg Breu – a few of the big names found among the contemporaries of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) active in Austria around 1500 and the decades that followed. In many cases, the works created during the transitional period from Late Gothic to the Renaissance bear witness to a new form of artistic self-conception. The Belvedere is devoting a comprehensive exhibition to this chapter of Austrian art, which thus far has received little attention. Hours:



10 July 2020 – 31 January 2022, M Leuven, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, Leuven: The Seven Sacraments. The central work in this presentation is the masterpiece ‘Triptych with the Seven Sacraments’, which has been on loan to M since 2009. It is a masterpiece of medieval painting by the Flemish Primitive Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464). In a ground-breaking composition, Van der Weyden depicts all seven sacraments clearly and distinctly. In 2009, M presented a major exhibition about Van der Weyden entitled The Master of Passions. The seven sacraments once structured the entire lifecycle of the Catholic faithful. Each sacrament was the beginning of a new chapter, first on the journey to adulthood and later as a mature member of the faith community. The administering of each sacrament entails certain ritual practices and accompanying liturgical objects. In this focus room, you can discover a number of rare artistic objects that date from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century and which were all used for rituals and customs associated with the seven sacraments. These include a number of masterpieces of late medieval metalwork that were made for important and historic religious sites in Leuven, such as the Church of Saint Michael and the Church of Saint John the Baptist. These pieces are now part of the collection at M. Fr – tu, 11 – 18 h, th, 11 – 22 h.



Emmaus, Højskolevej 9, Haslev: Adi Holzer. Kunst til salg. We – Fr, 13 – 17 h.



30 October 2021 – 13 February 2022, The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London: Late Constable. The exhibition will explore Constable’s late career, from 1825 until his unexpected death in 1837, through his paintings and oil sketches as well as watercolours, drawings and prints. It will be arranged in chronological order exploring the extensive cross-fertilisation of his ideas between different media. Hours:

20 November – 27 February 2022, The National Gallery, London: Dürer’s journeys. Artists were some of the first travellers in history and definitely some of the proper culture tourists. They would go to other countries and visit their historical monuments, famous paintings or explore the art trends among the painters living in those countries. During his travels, Albrecht Dürer visited the Alps, the Netherlands, Italy  and Venice. As an artist, he captured those countries in his travel drawings, too. This fantastic exhibition follows his journey through letters, prints, drawings and paintings. Hours:;

20 January – 5 March, Gagosian (Davies Street), 17-19 Davies Street, London: Rachel Feinstein: Mirror. Gagosian presents Mirror, an exhibition of new works by Rachel Feinstein. This is her first exhibition with the gallery in the United Kingdom, and her first in London since 2007. Comprising paintings on mirror and a large stained-wood sculpture titled Metal Storm (2021), the exhibition is animated by Feinstein’s fascination with the human figure and historical and cultural narratives. The works in Mirror refer to German art from the turn of the sixteenth century, a period of transition from the Gothic to the Northern Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation. Shifting between two- and three-dimensional modes of representation, this new work uses historical and religious symbolism to embody worldwide anxieties of the unknown during the time of COVID. Tuesday–Saturday 10–6, free.

3 February – 8 May, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London: Van Gogh Self-Portraits. The first-ever exhibition devoted to Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career. An outstanding selection of more than 15 self-portraits will be brought together to trace the evolution of Van Gogh’s self-representation, from his early Self-Portrait with a Dark Felt Hat, created in 1886 during his formative period in Paris, to Self-Portrait with a Palette, painted at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in September 1889, one of his last self-portraits before his death in 1890. 10 – 18 h.

9 April – 31 July, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael. This exhibition, one of the first-ever to explore Raphael’s entire career, looks at his celebrated paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry and prints. In his brief career, spanning just two decades, Raphael shaped the course of Western culture like few artists before or since. 10 – 18 h (fr until 21 h).

6 October – 12 March 2023, Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Bankside, London: The EY Exhibition: Cezanne. Cezanne’s still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers were to give license to generations of artists to break the rule book. The history of painting was never to be the same again. Focusing on the many tensions and contradictions in Cezanne’s work, this exhibition seeks to understand the artist in his own context, as an ambitious young painter proudly from the Mediterranean South, yet eager to make it in metropolitan Paris. Featuring many works shown for the first time in the UK, the show will follow his struggle between seeking official recognition and joining the emerging impressionists before relentlessly pursuing his own unique language. We will witness an artist wrestling with what it means to be a modern painter while remaining deeply sceptical about the world he lived in, from political unrest to a continually accelerating way of life. 10 – 18 h.



2 June 2020 – 31 December 2022, Ateneum Art Museum, Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki: Stories of Finnish Art. Stories of Finnish Art illustrates the development of art in Finland from 1809 until the 1970s. At the exhibition, the story of Finnish art is juxtaposed with international developments in art and contemporary social events. On display, side by side, are Finnish and international masterpieces from our collections, such as Le Corbusier’s Two Women (1939), Hugo Simberg’s The Wounded Angel (1903), Edvard Munch’s Bathing Men (1907–08), and Vincent van Gogh’s Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890). The works on display in the halls of modern art highlight the post-Second World War reconstruction period and the emergent media society. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures and prints by Finnish and foreign artists such as Anitra Lucander, Unto Pusa, Ulla Rantanen, Anita Snellman and Sam Vanni. Prints by foreign artists are exhibited on a regularly changing basis. The exhibition also includes Eino Ruutsalo’s experimental films and advertisements. Tu – Fr, 10 – 18 h (We, Th until 20 h), Sa, Su, 10 – 17 h.



10 September 2021 – 24 January 2022, Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris : Botticelli. A major survey of the Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli is due to open this autumn at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. It will include masterpieces from important US and European collections, such as Madonna and Child (1467-70) from the Musée du Louvre; The Return of Judith to Bethulia (1469-70) from the Cincinnati Art Museum; Judith Leaving the Tent of Holofernes (1497-1500) from the Rijksmuseum; and Portrait of Giuliano de' Medici (1478-80) from the Fondazione Accademia Carrara. Botticelli will be presented as a “designer, the head of a major studio in Florence producing paintings—of course—but also drawings for embroideries, marquetry, prints and illuminations,” says the exhibition co-curator Pierre Curie. The exhibition will demonstrate how the artist alternated between the production of one-off paintings and works produced in series, often by his many assistants, reflecting how his studio was transformed into a laboratory of ideas and training centre characteristic of the Italian Renaissance, say the organisers. Works by other leading 15th-century artists such as Verrocchio and Fra Filippo Lippi will also feature. Hours:

18 September – 29 May, Musée Maurice Denis, 2bis Rue Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye : Maurice Denis, bonheur rêvé.  Immersion dans l’intimité de l’homme et de l’artiste qu'était Maurice Denis (1870-1943), l’exposition Bonheur rêvé propose de remettre en lumière les œuvres phares des collections du musée, en bénéficiant de prêts exceptionnels, notamment du musée d’Orsay, ainsi que de nombreuses pièces totalement inédites provenant de prêts privés. Ma – di, jusqu’à avril 11 – 18 h, avril, mai, 11 – 18.30 h. Fermé 1 mai.

5 October – 23 January 2022, Musée du Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill 8e – Paris: Ilya Répine (1844-1930): Painting the soul of Russia. This is the first French retrospective dedicated to Ilya Repine, one of the greats of Russian art. Little known in France, Repine’s oeuvre is nevertheless considered a milestone in the history of Russian painting of the 19th and 20th centuries. Some one hundred paintings, including very large format works, will be on loan from, notably, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Ateneum art museum in Helsinki, Finland. The exhibition allows visitors to retrace the career of this illustrious Russian painter through his masterpieces. Ilya Répine, Autoportrait, 1887. A key figure in the art world of his time, Repine took an interest in different aspects of culture, from literature to music and science. He was very close to many Russian personalities such as the writer Leo Tolstoy, the composer Modest Mussorgsky, and the collector Pavel Tretyakov. Witness to the many upheavals that shook Russia during his lifetime, Repine was particularly attentive to the profound historical and social changes that shaped his country, echoing them through his work. Hours: 

7 October – 15 May 2022, Musée Nissim de Camondo, 63 Rue de Monceau, Paris : The British writer and ceramist Edmund de Waal is the guest for a carte blanche, a first in this unique and memorial place. Echoing his new book “  Lettres à Camondo  ” (Éditions Les Arts Décoratifs) published on April 16, 2021, in which the author retraces with sensitivity the tragedy of Camondo's family, this exhibition is another way for Edmund de Waal to to revisit a family house with a tragic destiny, which resonates singularly with that of his Viennese family in 1938. It bears the mark of his passion for literature and bears witness to his lifelong obsession with porcelain. Hours:

18 September – 29 May, Musée Maurice Denis à Saint-Germain-en-Laye (78): « Maurice Denis, bonheur rêvé »: Immersion dans l’intimité de l’homme et de l’artiste qu'était Maurice Denis (1870-1943), l’exposition Bonheur rêvé propose de remettre en lumière les œuvres phares des collections du musée, en bénéficiant de prêts exceptionnels, notamment du musée d’Orsay, ainsi que de nombreuses pièces totalement inédites provenant de prêts privés. Exposition : « Maurice Denis, bonheur rêvé » au Musée Maurice Denis à Saint-Germain-en-Laye (78) — Narthex

6 November – 6 February, la Piscine, 23 rue de l’Espérance, Roubaix (59): « Alexej von Jawlensky : La Promesse du visage ». A l'occasion de la célébration de son 20e anniversaire, la Piscine de Roubaix présente une remarquable exposition d'Alexej von Jawlenky, artiste dont la peinture est rarement montrée en France. Peintre russe né en 1864, compagnon de route de Kandinsky durant la première décennie du XXe siècle à Munich, Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) offre l’exemple d’un artiste qui participe à la modernité en faisant l’expérience des frontières entre expressionisme et fauvisme, entre figuration et abstraction. Exposition : « Alexej von Jawlensky : La Promesse du visage » à la Piscine de Roubaix (59) — Narthex 

27 November – 7 May, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon:  « A la mort, à la vie ! Vanités d'hier et d'aujourd'hui ». L’exposition « A la mort, à la vie ! Vanités d’hier et d’aujourd’hui » présente des œuvres créées du XVIe au XXIe siècle, qui rappellent le terme assigné à toute vie humaine, mais aussi combien la vie est précieuse et belle. Exposition : « A la mort, à la vie ! Vanités d'hier et d'aujourd'hui » au musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (69) — Narthex

11 December – 21 March, Palais Lascaris, Nice: « Divines collections - L’art sacré du comté de Nice ».  La Ville de Nice propose une remarquable exposition : « Divines collections. L’art sacré du comté de Nice » au Palais Lascaris. Trésors d’églises ou simples objets de dévotion, ces collections sont appelées à évoquer le souvenir d’un mode d’existence qui a façonné la culture du comté de Nice à travers les âges. Exposition : « Divines collections - L’art sacré du comté de Nice » au Palais Lascaris à Nice (06) — Narthex

18 December – 3 April, Espace culturel de la cathédrale de Créteil, 2 rue Pasteur Vallery-Radot, Créteil : L’intime et la commande - Henri de de Maistre. Directeur des Ateliers d’Arts Sacrés de 1926 à 1947, Henri de Maistre laisse dans son travail les traces d’une double vocation de peintre profane et religieux. Cette exposition dévoile des œuvres provenant du fond du musée de Bernay dans l'Eure, ainsi que de collections particulières et familiales.



1 Oktober – 28 Februar, Offene Jakobikirche, Marktplatz 2, Rotenburg a. d. Fulda: Sternenhimmel – Installation durch den Künstler Norbert Nolte im Projekt „Kunst und Klänge“ statt. Der Verein „Gemeinsam in Rotenburg“ und die Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Rotenburg an der Fulda planen hierzu eine umfangreiche Veranstaltungsreihe unter Einbeziehung des Künstlers Nobert Nolte und regionalen Musikerinnen und Musikern zur Belebung des kulturellen Angebots in der Region.

6 October – 30 January, Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, Frankfurt am Main: Rembrandt in Amsterdam. Creativity & Competition. Rembrandt – a great name, a world-famous master. But how did the miller’s son from Leiden become so successful? In the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, he competed with numerous other talents on an art market that is unparalleled in history. Rembrandt’s inventiveness and his idiosyncratic pictorial language in painting and graphic art continue to fascinate and move people to this day. Hours:

24 Oktober – 6 Februar 2022, St. Annen Museum, St.-Annen-Straße 15, Lübeck: Lucas Cranach d. Ä. und Hans Kemmer - Meistermaler zwischen Renaissance und Reformation. Der „Cranach von Lübeck“ Hans Kemmer ist selbst in Lübeck bisher vielen kaum ein Begriff. Ihm wird zum 460. Todestag im Dialog mit Werken seines Lehrers Lucas Cranach d. Ä. eine besondere Ausstellung gewidmet. Ziel der Ausstellung ist es auf der Grundlage des eigenen Bestandes, erstmals überhaupt möglichst alle greifbaren Werke von Hans Kemmer zu versammeln. Gemeinsam mit den entsprechenden Werken von Lucas Cranach zeigen sie, wie sich die Themen der Kunst in der Reformation und in der deutschen Renaissance verändert haben. Nach vielen Jahrzehnten des Schattendaseins wird mit dieser Ausstellung deutlich, dass das St. Annen-Museum neben der größten Sammlung norddeutscher Schnitzaltäre, über einen hochrangigen, international bedeutenden Bestand an Malerei des 15. und frühen 16. Jahrhundert verfügt. Öffnungszeiten:

2 November – 30 Januar 2022, KunstKulturkirche Allerheiligen, Thüringer Str. 31, Frankfurt am Main: "Im Augenblick... und alles in Reichweite" von Victorine Müller. Es handelt sich um eine raumgreifende Installation der Schweizer Künstlerin Victorine Müller, in der sie sich sowohl mit performativen, als auch skulpturalen Mitteln dem Thema Mensch/Natur nähert. Mit Videoprojektionen und einer im Raum schwebenden Skulptur schafft Victorine Müller einen herausgehobenen, einen Anders-Ort. Der so entstehende Erlebnisraum will Anknüpfungen bieten, will zu individuellen Gedankengängen anregen und Schlüssel sein zu sehr persönlichen Ahnungen und Erinnerungsräumen. Daneben findest die Reihe shortcuts wie immer am 1. Dienstag im Monat in der KunstKulturKirche Allerheiligen statt. Jeden 3. Dienstag im Monat, 18.00 Uhr, findet shortcuts – Experiment und Begegnung an der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt statt. Eine Kooperation des Instituts für zeitgenössische Musik (IzM) der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt (HfMDK) und der KunstKulturKirche Allerheiligen.

6 November – 23 January 2022, Religio - Westfälisches Museum für religiöse Kultur GmbH, Herrenstraße 1-2, Telgte: Geheimnis der Heiligen Nacht 2.0. Das Museum präsentiert über 140 zeitgenössische Krippen, von der Schnitzarbeit bis zum Lichtinstallation. Die Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus ganz Deutschland haben sich mit dem Thema „Geheimnis der Heiligen Nacht“ auseinandergesetzt und zur Aufgabe gemacht, die Weihnachtsbotschaft für die heutige Zeit neu zu interpretieren. Natürlich ist auch die Corona-Pandemie in einige Werke eingeflossen. Die Ausstellung ist wie immer erfrischend kreativ und künstlerisch ausdruckstark. Öffnungszeiten:

16 November – 26 March, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengießerwall, Hamburg: Class Society. Everyday Life as Seen by Dutch Masters. In the Golden Age of the Netherlands, painting saw a great upswing in view of the country’s strong economic development. Particularly popular were the elegant, atmospheric interiors and familiar scenes, along with exaggerated, ironical depictions of the peasant milieu and the excessive pleasure activities of simple people. Based on the Kunsthalle’s high-quality holdings, some 150 works illustrate this multifaceted chapter of European history. The exhibition includes works by Stefan Marx and Lars Eidinger. The two contemporary artists reflect on the themes and motifs in Old Master paintings and place them in a broad context and thereby remove traditional boundaries. This juxtaposition, although unusual at first , is aimed to create an exciting dialogue and new perspectives. Hours:

2 December – 23 Januar 2022, Kunst-Station St. Peter, Leonhard-Tietz-Str. 6, Köln: Ariel Schlesinger. Bubble Machine. Der israelische, in Berlin lebende Künstler Ariel Schlesinger legt den Schwerpunkt seiner konzeptionellen Arbeit zurzeit auf die Rauminstallation. Er verfremdet Alltagsgegenstände so, dass sie beim Betrachten ungewohnte Assoziationsketten erzeugen, die durchaus sowohl humorvoll sind, als auch eine latente Bedrohlichkeit erzeugen können. In der Kunst-Station Sankt Peter zeigt er seine Arbeit "Bubble Maschine". Von der Empore schweben Seifenblasen langsam senkrecht nach unten, denn die leichten "Bubble" sind mit Gas gefüllt, das schwerer ist als Luft. Am Boden zerbersten sie an einem elektrischen Draht in einer blitzartigen Explosion. Die Präsentation bildet den Beitrag zum traditionellen Kölner Krippenweg und fällt zugleich in das Gedenkjahr 1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland.

4 Dezember – 2 Februar, Rottenburg, Diözeanmuseum, Karmeliterstraße 9, Rottenburg am Neckar: Der schwarze König an der Krippe. Die Heiligen Drei Könige – das Thema ist allgegenwärtig in der christlichen Kunst, in den volkstümlichen Krippen und in der Tradition der Sternsinger. Die „Anbetung der Könige“ gehört zu den beliebtesten Bildthemen der Kunstgeschichte überhaupt. Die Bibel spricht von Sterndeutern aus dem Osten, daher wurden sie seit dem 4. Jahrhundert als Heiden mit phrygischen Mützen dargestellt. Aus apokryphen Schriften, den Deutungen der Kirchenväter und zahlreichen Legenden entstand die Vorstellung, dass Könige in allen drei Lebensaltern im Bethlehemer Stall versammelt seien. Seit dem späten 10. Jahrhundert finden sich Darstellungen mit einem meist knienden Greis, einem mittelalten Mann und einem Jüngling. Dieser wurde seit dem Spätmittelalter vor allem im deutschsprachigen Raum mit schwarzer Hautfarbe gemalt. Die Könige tragen prächtige höfische Kleidung und bringen wertvolle Geschenke, von denen bereits die Bibel erzählt. Das Diözesanmuseum hat in seiner Sammlung mehrere Gemälde, die diese Bildtradition zeigen. Das Bildthema ist heute aber problematisch geworden. Der schwarze König wurde im Lauf der neuzeitlichen Kunstgeschichte zunehmend exotisiert und zu einer Projektionsfläche für das Fremde. Zeigt diese Darstellungsform die künstlerische Freude am Orientalischen oder ist sie rassistisch? Wie muss man die Darstellungen heute einordnen? Wie kann man mit ihnen umgehen? In dieser Ausstellung geht das Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg, ausgehend von den eigenen Kunstwerken, dem Sujet der „Anbetung der Könige“ nach und zeigt dazu auch eine moderne Interpretation von Otto Dix. Das Begleitprogramm sucht nach historischen Deutungen und zeitgenössischen Gesprächspartner:innen. Dabei geht es darum, die verschiedenen Perspektiven zusammenzuführen und miteinander ins Gespräch zu bringen. Öffnungszeiten:

15 January – 12 February, Galerie Schmalfuss, Knesebeckstrasse 96, Berlin: In Sight. Hans Thomann und Thomas Kitzinger stellen aus. Malerei auf Aluminium und Objekte, Oberflächen, Ansichten, Durchsichten. Mo – Sa, 11 – 18 U.

3 April – 18 October, Hotel St. Elisabeth und im Haus Ulrika des Kloster Hegne, Konradistraße, Allensbach-Hegne:  TALITA KUM – steh auf! Thematische Ausstellung mit 60 Künstlerinnen und Künstlern aus Baden-Württemberg in Kooperation mit der Gemeinschaft Christlicher Künstler (GCK) in der Erzdiözese Freiburg. Die Vernissage findet am 3. April 2022 11U  statt. Die Finissage und die Preisverleihung am 16. Oktober 14.30 U.



19 February 2018 – 26 February 2025, Uffizi Galleries, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence: Caravaggio and the 17th century. Hours:



3 October - 6 March 2022, Dordrechts Museum, Museumstraat 40, Dordrecht: In the light of Cuyp. Aelbert Cuyp & Gainsborough - Constable – Turner. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – 1691 Dordrecht) the Dordrechts Museum is organizing a major exhibition from 27 September 2020 to 14 March 2021. Aelbert Cuyp is Dordrecht’s most famous painter. In his time, however, Cuyp was quintessentially a local artist, who was virtually unknown outside his hometown. He was discovered in the 18th century, first and foremost by British artists and collectors. For the first time In the light of Cuyp will focus on the appreciation and collecting of Cuyp and his influence on British landscape painters from the 18th to the 19th century. The exhibition aims to show about 35 of the most important paintings by Aelbert Cuyp, temporarily bringing them back to the town where they were made. Furthermore, for the first time the story will be told of the appreciation of Cuyp: his influence on English painters will be shown with works by famous artists like J.M.W. Turner, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. By 1800, no significant paintings by Cuyp remained in his homeland. This craze for his works has been described as ‘Cuyp Mania’.

13 October – 30 January 2022, Frans Hals Museum, Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem: At Home with Jordaens. Where the Northern Netherlands had Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer, in the Southern Netherlands they had their own Great Three: Jordaens, Rubens and Van Dyck. This exhibition focuses on Jacob Jordaens, with his great flair, worldliness, individuality and typicalities. Jordaens made portraits, historical scenes and genre paintings until well into his old age. His next of kin were often a source of inspiration to him. His home served as his showroom and the room where he received his – wealthy – clients was spectacularly decorated with his own work. Especially for this exhibition a reconstruction of that reception room will be made in the Frans Hals Museum, which enables visitors to feel as if they were ‘at Jordaens’ home’ for a moment, surrounded by many works that have never been shown together before. Hours:

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26 November – 10 April, Serpukhov Museum of History and Art, Chekhova 87, Serpukhov (Moscow region): Image and Meaning: Dutch Painting of the 17th Century from Regional Museums and Private Collections in Russia. For the first time in the exhibition practice of Russia, 78 paintings are shown together in one museum gallery. The exhibition brings together the best examples of Dutch ‘Golden Age’ from a wide region. Paintings from eleven regional museum and four private collections are included from Moscow and the Moscow region, to Ryazan, Kursk, Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Krasnodar. It is the genre typology –landscape, everyday scenes, portrait, still life – that is the semantic axis of the exhibition. A separate hall will be dedicated to the masters of history paintings of the Rembrandt school. Here the central place is occupied by works of artists who worked in the studio of the great master of the “golden” age of Dutch painting, as well as paintings by his teachers and predecessors (Jan Simonsz. Pynas, Claes Cornelisz. Moeyaert, Nicolaus Knupfer, Isaac de Jouderville, Salomon Koninck, Jan Victors, Abraham van Dyck, Nicolaes Maes). Hours:



4 September – 12 June 2022, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, 36 University Avenue, Kingston, ON: Studies in Solitude: The Art of Depicting Seclusion. The social and moral implications of retreating oneself in solitude were vigorously debated in early modern Europe. While the benefits of a solitary state were exalted in the context of scholarly study and Christian devotional practice, they were also understood to carry a moral obligation of mental fortitude. Theologians in particular warned that time away from family and community could lead to depressive episodes or leave one vulnerable to temptation. Who was advised—or perhaps permitted—solitude, then, was carefully negotiated by cultural and societal norms. The artworks brought together in this exhibition illustrate how early modern Dutch artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Campen, Heyman Dullaert and Cornelis Bisschop confronted the accepted limits of seclusion in their work. Representations of figures solitarily engaged in studies, prayer, or song provided opportunities for an artistic exploration of human interiority and helped inspire ideals of devotion and erudition. Situated in the context of renewed concerns around topics of isolation and exposure brought on by the 2020-2021 pandemic, Studies in Solitude also considers how such images participated in the development of gendered and class-based conceptions of privileged space that are still felt today. Hours: 

30 October – 6 February 2022, Langley Centennial Museum, Langley B.C.: Upstream/Downriver: Walking the stɑl̓əw̓ Watershed at the Langley Centennial Museum. A collaborative project of both research and art about climate change on the lower Fraser River watershed. The new display takes audiences on a journey of walking, listening, and learning. Artists Alysha Creighton, Erica Grimm, and Joshua Hale have combined video, sound, installation, and drawing to connect viewers to the realities of climate impacts in the region. Commonly referred to as the Fraser River, stɑl̓əw̓ is the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word for “big river.” One piece by Grimm and Tracie Stewart suspends bandaged cedar roots and willow branches from the museum’s ceiling, drawing a river through the gallery space. Creighton’s video work immerses viewers in the river, seeking to dissolve boundaries between human and environment. Hale’s work explores the potential effects of climate change on the region, imagining multiple possible futures. Hours:

19 January – 13 February, Dal Schindell Gallery, 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC: Daniela Amestegui. Using features from Andean culture and inspiration from textile art in Bolivia, Daniela Amestegui reimagines the liturgical calendar in a South American context. Her set of graphic art prints attempt to weave the story of Jesus into her culture and art form. Ma – fr, 8.30 – 16.30 h, sa, 12 – 16 h.



15 October 2021 – 7 March 2022, Norton Simon Museum , 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California: The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion and Desire (1400-1750). In the early modern period—that is, the centuries following the Middle Ages—works of art were thought to have such power that they affected the viewer physically. In some ways, this concept is still familiar to us: visual imagery can make us laugh, blush or even feel the sting of tears. Other responses, however, are less recognizable. In both Europe and Latin America, images were believed to heal or to injure. Theories of vision suggested that through the process of perception, images could literally stamp themselves onto the mind of the viewer. The Expressive Body examines the ways in which the human form has provoked powerful responses, from the physiological to the mystical. For viewers in the 15th to 18th centuries, these physical effects were assumed to be part of the experience of looking at and interpreting art objects. From erotic works produced for wealthy patrons to venerated statues of the wounded Christ in local chapels, representations of the body stimulated visceral and often self-reflexive reactions of desire, compassion or aversion. Viewers experienced art objects in multisensory ways, by caressing sculptures, handling prints and kissing sacred images. But even a glance could have potential consequences. Medical theory suggested that gazing at representations of beautiful lovers could lead to the conception of handsome and healthy children, while spiritual practice encouraged meditating on the portrayal of a tortured martyr in order to empathize with his or her torment. Indeed, works of art could be dangerously convincing, blurring the line between real and represented bodies. In the story of Apelles, the favorite painter of Alexander the Great, the artist painted a beautiful portrait of Campaspe, Alexander’s mistress. The representation was so flattering that Alexander chose the painting over Campaspe herself. Francesco Trevisani’s clever 1720 depiction of this apocryphal episode, which would have amused 18th-century Roman patrons, makes an argument for the beguiling power of painting. Trevisani represents a languid Campaspe alongside Apelles’s own painting, cheekily aligning himself with the legendary artist, and the viewer with Alexander. Titillating images like this one were pleasurable to look at, though they sometimes came with a moralizing message. In Jan Massys’s lush depiction of the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders (1564), the viewer’s lustful impulses at seeing virtuous Susanna’s nude body are checked by the grotesque portrayal of leering old men, triggering shame in addition to desire. Hours:

17 October – 27 February 2022, National Gallery of Art, Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC: Clouds, Ice, and Bounty: The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection of Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings. Depicting a rich cross section of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish life and culture, this exhibition brings together 27 paintings acquired through the generosity of the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund over the past two decades, supplemented by one painting from Lee and Juliet Folger’s personal collection. Assembled with care and passion, the collection includes landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael and Salomon van Ruysdael, winter scenes by Jan van Goyen and Adam van Breen, genre paintings by Dirck Hals and Caspar Netscher, seascapes by Reinier Nooms and Simon de Vlieger, still lifes by Clara Peeters and Frans Snyders, and portraits by Thomas de Keyser and Jan Miense Molenaer. Seen together, this collection offers a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the finest productions of Dutch and Flemish artists of the seventeenth century. A fully illustrated catalog will consider composition and technique as well as the broader historical context of each work. Hours: 

10 November – 24 January 2022, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA: Rubens: Picturing Antiquity. A passion for the art and literature of classical antiquity inspired the dynamic Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). Presented amidst the antiquities collection at the Getty Villa, this exhibition juxtaposes the artist’s exhilarating drawings, oil sketches, and monumental paintings with rarely shown ancient objects, including exquisite gems owned by Rubens himself. Heroic nudes, fierce hunts, splendid military processions, and Bacchic revels attest to the artist’s extraordinary ability to translate an array of sources into new subjects. Hours:

15 November – 15 March 2022, Dordt University, 700 7th St. NE, Sioux Center, IA: Heads, Faces, and Spiritual Encounter at Dordt University. In the history of the human race has there ever been an individual who has not drawn some simulate of a head or a face?  From the Neolithic Plastered Skull found in Jericho, Jordan to a child’s earliest markings in the 21st Century it is the face that captures the attention as we try to make sense of our world.  HEADS, FACES, AND SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTER draws on this fascination of the human heart and mind. From noted artists such as Henri Mattise, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Paul Wunderlich, Bernard Buffet, Georges Rouault, Eric Gill, Giovanni Castiglione, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Werner Drewes, and Leonard Baskin to self-taught artists such as Elder Anderson Johnson and Rodney Charles Hardee to anonymous African artists from Ife, Nigeria and the Dan Peoples with many known and lesser-known artists of high quality in between, this exhibition offers a thoughtful and enjoyable glance at the mystery of the human face. It is hoped that in these forty some-odd works, differing in conceptions, styles and media, the viewer will find not only something that will arrest their attention aesthetically but also will intrigue them emotionally and intellectually. Furthermore, we dare hold the aspiration that after seeing HEADS, FACES, AND SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTER that the viewer will never again take the faces of family, friends and those around them for granted.

27 January – 15 May, Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL: Sacred/Supernatural: Religion, Myth, and Magic in Early Modern European Prints. The exhibition explores some of the methods that European printmakers used to convey extraordinary events and individuals during the early modern period (1450-1800). While much of the art from this period was devoted to mimesis, or the naturalistic representation of the real world, close attention was also paid to the portrayal of otherworldly subjects.  Printmakers invented creative solutions to convey to viewers that something or someone in their images was not of this world, from divine beings and miracles to witches and demons. Sacred/Supernatural includes works by Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, and Italian relief and intaglio printmakers, dating from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century.

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