Bij de grote Rubens, Van Dijck en Jordaens tentoonstelling, in de Hermitage in Amsterdam, was de film Zwart belicht van Tessa Boerman te zien. De film werd gemaakt naar aanleiding van de tentoonstelling Black is beautiful Rubens tot Dumas in de Nieuwe Kerk van Amsterdam 2008. Idee, samenstelling en research Esther Schreuder
Tessa Boerman foto Sam Reiziger
Centraal in de documentaire staan de verborgen verhalen achter zwarte figuren op Nederlandse schilderijen uit de Gouden Eeuw, met vooral aandacht voor de schilderijen van de Vlaamse schilder Peter Paul Rubens. Zwarte mensen zijn vaak bijfiguren in de Nederlandse schilderkunst en lange tijd werd er door kunsthistorici zelden aandacht besteed aan deze personages. De laatste jaren is daar verandering in gekomen.
On show in the Hermitage Amsterdam, during the Rubens, Van Dijck Jordaens exhibition 2011/2012, Painted Black by Tessa Boerman. (Research Esther Schreuder)
Unfolding like a detective novel, Painted Black examines the representation of people of African origin in the paintings of Dutch and Flemish masters from the late Middle Ages to the present, with a particular focus on the seventeenth century.The documentary sheds new light on famous and less famous works of art. The film tempts us to look at what was meant to be seen, but has often been overlooked.
In 2008 I was guest curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors: Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues, Warburg institute Image of the Black in Western Art collection), Carl Haarnack (slavery in books), Elmer Kolfin (slavery in prints and paintings) and Adi Martis (contemporary art). And Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.
In 2012 my Anniversary book: 100 years Schiller 1912-2012 was published. Initiative, idea, text and editing (ES). Design and photography Monica Schokkenbroek.
In 2013 my book Cobra aan de gracht / Cobra on the Canal was published by Samsara publications.
In 2014 my essay ‘Painted Blacks and Radical Imagery in the Netherlands (1900-1940)’ was published in The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume V (I). (ed. David Bindman, Henry Louis Gates jr.)
In 2017 I published a book about the black servants at the Court of the Royal Van Oranje family. More than a thousand documents have been found about their lives. (only in Dutch)
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