'Colour unleashed. Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914' is a unique exhibition that has been made possible thanks partly to the current renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, as a result of which some of the top items in its collection can now travel to other museums. The exhibition opens on October 3 at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
In the brief period between 1885 and the outbreak of war in 1914 painting in the Low countries experienced a modern Renaissance. Colour was liberated from the chains of visual reality. Suddenly, grass could be a cool blue, a face could be bright purple, and trees turned red. Colour had become an autonomous means of expression. This was one of the most important developments in modern art history. The inspiration came from the French Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, but the artists of the Low Countries added their own flavour. The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is to bring these Dutch and Belgian masters together to reveal the interaction between the two countries, which included both pronounced differences and similarities.
This unique exhibition has been made possible thanks partly to the current renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, as a result of which some of the top items in its collection can now travel to other museums. From the French ‘godfathers of colour' - Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne and the like - to the masters of the Low Countries, such as Leo Gestel, Jan Toorop, Piet Mondrian, James Ensor, Jan Sluijters, Henry van de Velde and Rik Wouters: they will all be brought together in a true feast for the eye.
The exhibition is being staged in close collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and is part of a special year of events celebrating the cultural ties between the Netherlands and Flanders.
Exhibition 'Colour unleashed. Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914'
When: October 3, 2015 - January 4, 2016
Where: Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
(News item October 1, 2015)