6x new exhibitions in February – On display now

Many exhibitions open their (museum) doors this month. We recommend three exhibitions that you should not miss.

Eutierria, 2019 © Sanja Marusic

Sanja Marusic – Out of this world

The Dutch Photo Museum
18 February to 18 June 2023

The artist Sanja Marušić (1991) stands out with her brightly colored landscape portraits. The Dutch-Croatian artist depicts intimate themes from the life of a young woman. She travels to the corners of the world for this, but also easily uses her living room as a backdrop.

Photography is always her starting point. Marušić experiments with shapes and colors and uses analog and digital techniques. The performances, the creation of a set, the handmade props and the finishing are just as important as the picture itself.

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The Soldier and the Laughing Girl, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1657–58, oil on canvas, The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr
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10 February to 4 June 2023

This is your chance! In the Rijksmuseum you can see 28 paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), from the collections of museums in Europe, Japan and America. Vermeer produced few paintings during his lifetime. A total of 37 works from his hand are known.

The Delft master is known for his calm, introspective images and his clear and colorful light. Seven of his works will be shown to Dutch audiences for the first time.

Patricia Piccinini, The Comforter, 2010. © Courtesy of the artist and the Institute for Cultural Exchange

Patricia Piccinini. metamorphosis

Art Gallery Rotterdam
25 February to 4 June 2023

Bizarre and cute at the same time. Recognizable and yet strange. At the first major Dutch solo exhibition of Patricia Piccinini (1965), one comes face to face with hybrid creatures that appear to be a mixture of humans and animals.

They are hairy, vulnerable creatures who embrace each other. You can wander among thousands of fleshy flowers and mutated men hatching eggs. The Australian artist creates hyper-realistic, alienating sculptures using materials such as silicone and human hair.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-portrait, 1558, Galleria Colonna, Rome

Sofonisba Anguissola. Portrait painter of the Renaissance

Rijksmuseum Twente
11 February to 11 June 2023

Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1532–1625) is one of the most successful artists of the Renaissance. She was praised by her contemporaries for her talent and creativity. She responded to the nobility’s desire to perpetuate themselves and at the end of the 16th century she reached the inner circles of the Spanish royal family.

Anguissola was the first female artist to achieve great fame and taught her own students. Despite numerous restrictions on her, she found her own way. Within the limits of what was allowed, she pushed the boundaries and shaped her situation to her own will.

Terry O’Neill – The Beatles, London 1963 – C Iconic Images & Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill – FAMOUS

Photo Museum at Vrijthof
4 February – 10 September 2023

British celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill (1938-2019) is one of the most iconic and influential photographers in the world over the past 60 years. After the Daily Sketch tabloid, he soon worked on commission for the world’s leading newspapers and magazines such as Newsweek, TIME, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

With his relaxed, intimate images, he showed the human side of celebrities. Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof displays more than 125 portraits of international artists, film stars and fashion icons. In 2019, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to photography.

Jacobus Vrel, Woman leaning out of a window, 1654. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Vrel, predecessor of Vermeer

16 February to 29 May 2023

Everyone knows Vermeer’s quiet interiors and the street, but did you know that Jacobus Vrel was already creating these kinds of scenes before Vermeer’s first masterpiece left his studio? For a long time, paintings by Vrel were even registered with Johannes Vermeer. They painted the same subjects and shared the same initials: JV.

You can get to know Vrel on the basis of thirteen paintings from the Netherlands and abroad. In many of his paintings he shows a woman standing by a window or sitting by a fireplace. The woman’s face is often not visible. With these typical elements, Vrel created his own world.

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