Black is Beautiful. Rubens to Dumas
26 July – 26 October 2008
The Nieuwe Kerk, Dam, Amsterdam
Daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
In October open on Thursday till 10 p.m.
T: 00. 31. 20 6386909
10 Groups 15 persons: 8 Children up to 6 yrs & Friends of The Nieuwe Kerk: free I Amsterdam Pass: free
In the summer of 2008 the Nieuwe Kerk will present a journey of discovery though the history of art. For the first time the attractiveness of the black person in the art of the Low Countries will receive attention. Many great masters turn out to have portrayed black people. The fascination with them will be illustrated in about 135 paintings, drawings and manuscripts from collections here and abroad. Black is beautiful presents a remarkable oil study by Rubens, an intimate drawing and etching by Rembrandt, paintings by Jordaens, Mostaert, Breitner, Jan Sluijters, Karl Appel and Marlene Dumas, and beautifully illustrated manuscripts from the late Middle Ages such as the famous Van Maerlant manuscript.
The exhibition has been made possible by the Founders of The Nieuwe Kerk, Fortis Bank, Corporate Express and the Main Sponsor KPMG.
VSB Fund, Mondriaan Foundation, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
Studio Roozen in collaboration with Studio Roy de Scheemaker
Film, computer programs and internet site
IDTV Docs in collaboration with Studio Roozen and Basket Builders
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue available in Dutch and English: 37,95 hardback and 29,95 paperback ( 336 pages, 200 images). ISBN: 978 90 400 8497 3 ( English hardback) 978 90 400 8465 2 (English paperback). The catalogue will be distributed by ACC (Antique Collectors Club) Publishing group (for US and UK).
Guided tours and groups
Visits may be made by groups with their own guides by advance arrangement. You can also book a tour given by one of The Nieuwe Kerk?’ professional guides. Reservations: 00.31(0)20-6268168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam is located on Dam Square, 10 minutes’ walk from Central Station. All trams (except nr 26) from Central Station stop at the Dam. For more travel information call: 0900 9292.
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