5 Top Exhibitions to visit in March 2019

A new month so let me share you my sources of inspiration for March 2019. 5 Top exhibition to visit in the first month of spring. As David Hockney said: "Everybody loves spring!"

1. Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature @ Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Two Painters, One Love: Nature. David Hockney (1937) may live more than a century later than Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), however their vision of landscape is often similar. But what exactly does this nature mean to them? And how did Van Gogh’s landscapes inspire Hockney?

Kilham to Langtoft II - David Hockney
David Hockney

The Harvest - Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh

From today until the 26th of May, the colossal works of David Hockney will be on display in the Netherlands, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. For the first time, this spectacular exhibition offers an extensive and colourful exploration of the common ground between the work of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney. 

The world-famous Yorkshire landscapes by David Hockney (1937) are a vivid feast for the eyes. This is the first time that these works will be on display in the Netherlands.
The blockbuster exhibition Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature demonstrates the unmistakable influence that Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) had on the displayed works. One of the highlights is the colossal The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven), consisting of 32 parts and measuring 9.75 metres wide by 3.66 metres high.

Sketchbooks, videos, photographic drawings and 20 large iPad drawings are also on display. Especially for this exhibition, photographer Rineke Dijkstra created a portrait of the artist, who is now 81 years old.

Axel Rüger (Director of the Van Gogh Museum): ‘Hockney is one of the most inspirational artists of our time. This is the first ever exhibition to explore how Van Gogh influenced his work. It is an absolute honour to organise an exhibition such as this’.

Back to Yorkshire In the 1990s, Hockney started to return from Los Angeles to his native region: the Yorkshire Wolds in Great Britain, where he painted the characteristic countryside. These paintings, the Yorkshire landscapes, reveal thorough observations of the changing four seasons, and how light, space and nature are constantly in flux. These imposing landscapes offer a vivid insight into Hockney’s love of nature. The landscape paintings show clear links with Van Gogh’s landscapes, such as The Harvest (1888), Field with Irises near Arles (1888) and The Garden of Saint Paul’s Hospital (‘Leaf-Fall’) (1889).

The stylised vertical lines of the tree trunks in the latter work by Van Gogh are analogous to the repetitive lines in Hockney’s renowned The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven).
Everyone loves spring. Everything emerges and straightens up. It’s like nature’s erection. 
David Hockney 

Hockney on Van Gogh: ‘His paintings are full of movement. What people love about Van Gogh’s paintings is that all the brush marks are visible and you can see how they are painted. When you’re drawing one blade of grass you’re looking and then you see more. And then you see the other blades of grass and you’re always seeing more. Well, that’s exciting to me and it was exciting to Van Gogh. I mean, he saw very clearly’. ‘The world is colourful. It is beautiful, I think. Nature is great. Van Gogh worshipped nature. He might have been miserable, but that doesn’t show in his work. There are always things that will try to pull you down. But we should be joyful in looking at the world’.

The Joy of Nature demonstrates the influence of Van Gogh on Hockney’s work, exploring both artists’ fascination with nature, their use of bright, contrasting colours and their experimentation with perspective.
The exhibition features some 60 works, including two series of watercolours and charcoal drawings (that consist of 36 and 25 smaller works respectively).
Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature also features masterful videos of the four seasons and one of Hockney’s recent – technically innovative – photographic drawings, alongside watercolours, black-and-white drawings and prints.

2. The Girl, The Dress and The Pearl @ Museum aan het Vrijthof Amsterdam

The girl, the dress and the pearl - Museum aan het Vrijthof - Maastricht
Ronald Kolk - Margareth Stalman
From March 9th until June 16th, Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht will be fully devoted to Haute Couture by Ronald Kolk and Haute Joaillerie by Margareth Stalman.
Couturier/designer Ronald Kolk shows a colorful selection of over fifty dresses from his extensive oeuvre. Goldsmith, designer and enameller Margareth Stalman presents an impressive collection of jewels. The exhibition ‘The Girl, The Dress and the Pearl’ takes place during and around the international art fair TEFAF Maastricht.

The ten characteristic cabinets and period rooms of the monumental museum form an ideal setting for the exhibition. Each room has its own theme. There is a red room, a treasure room, a Japanese room, a hanging garden of glass objects and a cocktail room. In one special room, two workshops are realized where visitors can see and feel the creative process. Video clips of fashion shows are also shown.

Ronald Kolk (Den Haag, 1950) started his career in New York dressing Grace Jones and Bette Midler. Back in the Netherlands he learned about the fashion industry working with fashion designers Max Heymans and Frank Govers. In 1998 he started his own couture house. His designs contribute to the self-confidence of women and bring out the girl in the woman. "Fashion should delight". The couturier’s style is flamboyant and theatrical, with a great fondness for special fabrics and materials.

Margareth Stalman (Heerlen, 1959) has been designing exclusive jewelry since 1983. The golden creations are difficult to define. On the one hand they look exuberant and asymmetrical. On the other hand, they are very refined with an elegant use of color. Because of the innovative use of pearls and the method of enamel application, her work has received international acclaim, including an Award of Excellence from the Japan Enamelling Artist Association.

Ronald Kolk and Margareth Stalman share a passion for traditional craftsmanship and make their creations themselves. Particularly due to the mutual respect for each other's craftsmanship, they have often collaborated over the past years at the annual fashion shows that Kolk organized until 2018. With this exhibition, and with presentations, lectures and masterclasses, they want to transfer that love for craftsmanship to young new designers.

3. Glorious Delft Blue @ Royal Delft

Until the 30th of June Royal Delft has contemporary showpieces on display. In order to present the relationship between the Golden Age and contemporary showpieces and trends they have selected five themes. In the themes, trade & new flavours, interior, tulipmania, portraits and fashion, Royal Delft has collaborated with contemporary designers like Marie Cécile Thijs, Ruben van Megen and Tess van Zalinge.

Glorious Interior Meisterwerke by Isabelle Torrelle and Christian Otto
Glorious Interior Meisterwerke by Isabelle Torrelle and Christian Otto

Glorious Interior Meisterwerke is a creation of Isabelle Torrelle and Christian Otto, designers who share a love of art and textiles. After her education in textiles and making collections for others for 20 years, Isabelle took matters into her own hands last year. “Since then, I’ve had the freedom to create without restrictions. I look for the limits, and exceed them.” They combine the strengths of weaving and embroidery, making possible the interweaving of more than 90 different colours and techniques.

Royal Delft is the last remaining earthenware factory from the 17th century. Here the renowned Delft Blue is still entirely hand painted according to centuries-old tradition. At the Royal Delft Experience you will discover the complete history and production process of Royal Delftware. Here, you can feel the painters’ passion during a painting demonstration, admire our Delftware museum collection and wander through the factory where craftsmen are busy producing the products.

4. Wolzak & Kosters Serious International Business @ Museum Rijswijk

An inspiring exhibition on textile art by Preta Wolzak and Bas Kosters at Museum Rijswijk, but you probably have read my review on it. If not read my post!

5. Femmes Fatales @ Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

If you haven't visit Femmes Fatales - Strong women in Fashion yet, do it now as it is only on display until the 24th of March in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. As fashion lover it is such an inspiring exhibition and you can combine it with Erwin Olaf's exhibition in the museum.
Read my review on Femmes Fatales and get inspired!

Femmes Fatales - Strong Women in Fashion @ Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Femmes Fatales - Strong Women in Fashion @ Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

5 Top Exhibitions to visit in March 2019 5 Top Exhibitions to visit in March 2019 Reviewed by Patricia Munster on 1:25:00 AM Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. It's seems like a fantastic time for art enthusiasts with these 5 top exhibitions on display! I can't wait to explore them all and share my experience with fellow art lovers. Plus, I'm glad I found this helpful list while browsing dissertation help websites.


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