2018 Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
High society: Four centuries of glamour
‘Top international art in the Rijksmuseum, from Cranach to Velázques and from Rembrandt to Manet. Over the centuries, many powerful monarchs, eccentric aristocrats and fabulously wealthy burghers have commissioned portraits of themselves, arrayed in all their finery, from the best painters in the world.’
My Guilty Pleasures in this exhibition:
High Society Catalogue by curator Jonathan Bikker
‘Known in English as the auricular or lobate style. It can be recognized by its flaccid dripping and running forms which are often ambiguous in nature. They most closely recall dripping or solidifying candle wax. Kwab ornament was invented by a small group of renowned Dutch silversmiths around 1610. It is surprising that these peculiar and somtimes freakish forms became so fashionable. Most Dutch 17the-century art is realistic and down-to-earth. Kwab is the opposite. ‘
Curator Reinier Baarsen, assist. Ine Castelijns van Beek, films Robert Erdmann, tentoonstellingsontwerp Keso Dekker.
Exhibitions that I did see but did not capture in pictures were 80 years war and Document Nederland: Stacii Samidin (October 12 2018- to January 20 2019)
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) en Adi Martis (contemporary art). Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.
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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