7 tips if you are looking for a cool museum and a beautiful exhibition

Of course, you go to a museum to indulge in art and culture and be inspired. But tropical temperatures are also a reason to immerse yourself in an exhibition: Almost all museums have climate control. So what’s there to cool down, um, you see?

Modern Japanese lacquer & XXL paper

Lacquer is a fascinating art form that could be called quintessentially Japanese. In a process that sometimes takes years, performances are made in dozens of layers with incredible attention.

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Lacquer art shows a dream world, inspired by nature or classic Japanese literature.

In the XXL Paper exhibition you can see the largest works on paper from our collection. Due to their fragility and size, they are almost never seen

Rijksmuseum, until 4 September 2022

3 exhibitions

In Museum MORE in Gorssel, 50 expressive masterpieces by the German painter Tadeusz are exhibited in a large retrospective.

The garden hall is enchanted by the mysterious Earthlings by artist Anya Janssen.

And in Ruurlo Slot you can get to know the colorful family stories of the young super talent Leonie Schneider.

Holiday tip: Sunday 4 September is about the artist Jan Mankes. Join our calming Mindfulness session with Mankes or sign up for the Creative Writing with Art workshop.

Standard bearer in the Drents Museum

Thanks to a unique collaboration between 12 museums, De Vaandeldrager by Rembrandt will travel through the 12 provinces of the Netherlands in the coming year.

In this way, everyone in their own province can become familiar with Rembrandt’s masterpiece from 1636. The famous painting can be seen at the Drents Museum from 2 August to 31 August 2022.

Closer to Vincent

Until 30 October 2022, the Vincent van Gogh house presents the exhibition ‘Closer to Vincent – ​​Everyday objects in Vincent van Gogh’s work’.

The exhibition is based on art historian Alexandra van Dongen’s research into the objects that Van Gogh depicted in his paintings.

Her research has provided many new insights into Vincent’s work. The exhibition was designed by the artists André Smits & Monika Dahlberg and contains various objects from Van Gogh’s estate, from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam and the Musée d’Orsay Paris.

From girl to woman

Symbolism, traditions and secret language are intertwined with girls’ lives in Africa from an early age. For example, dolls play a large role in African culture. They can therefore be seen in many variants in the exhibition ‘Africa in pictures, from girl to woman’ in the Women’s Museum. From simple play dolls for little girls to figures as symbols or as a lucky object.

But not only dolls tell a story. Concerns, complaints and wishes are expressed in jewellery, fabrics or ceramics. For example, the girls in southern Africa know the secret language of designing a love letter with pearl ribbons and aprons in the language of color. And woven fabrics are the proof that a girl is ready for marriage. Once in a marriage, you make your relationship problems clear to your partner and environment through a pot lid of symbols.

The new exhibition ‘Africa in pictures, from girl to woman’ can be seen until February 2023 and takes you to Africa’s expressive culture. Special imagery, good craftsmanship and centuries of traditions.

quiet splendor

Harmonious landscapes, calm figures and simple still lifes, this is what the painter and art collector Paul Arntzenius (1883-1965) is attracted to. In 1963 he donated his collection to Museum Gouda, where part of this ‘quiet splendor’ can be seen from 30 July.

Symbolism in Flanders

A dreamy riverscape to disappear into, a powerful peasant head that looks you straight in the eye and an elongated vulnerable figure made of marble. The symbolism of Flanders cannot easily be captured in one image, and yet all works have something in common.

They represent a longing for deepening. Back to nature, origins and inner peace. A theme that many now recognize themselves in. This exhibition tells the story of a group of artists who opposed industrialization around 1900 and settled in Sint-Martens-Latem, a village south of Ghent. Beautiful representations of landscapes and human figures are created in an environment of peace, space and spirituality.

On display at Het Noordbrabants Museum’s-Hertogenbosch until 9 October 2022.

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