What’s happening in 2017? [Museum Overview]

What’s happening in 2017?

No, we are not going to talk about Donald Trump, enough about him! Instead, what is happening on cultural level in the Netherlands? What kind of high expectations arise with the exhibitions in 2017? A short overview of museums close to Groningen, that you must visit!


Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde

Albert Moore. About beauty and aesthetic

Until 19 March 2017

Moore (1841-1893) was a nineteenth-century painter, who thrived to art for art’s sake. He combined classical elements with features of his own time.

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

Alma-Tadema. Classical temptation

Until 7 February 2017

Tadema (1836-1912) was one of the most renowned and best paid artists of his time. With his knowledge of archaeology and classical antiquity he made lively paintings, which bring you back to Ancient Rome. This exhibition is a good combination with the Albert Moore in Eelde.

Groninger Museum, Groningen

Rodin- Genius at Work

Until 30  April 2017

The largest Rodin exhibition ever to take place in the Netherlands, is now in Groningen! More than 140 sculptures and lots of works on paper of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), one of the most important and influential sculptors of modern times, shows us how great his oeuvre is. The exhibition focusses on the artist at work in his studio, while showing lots of plaster and bronze sculptures.

After Rodin – Erwin Olaf.

Until  30 April 2017

Inspired by the iconic sculptures of Rodin, Erwin Olaf made pictures of the Dutch National Ballet.

Hide & Seek, Maarten Baas.

18 February 2017 until 24 September 2017

The first major solo exhibition of designer Maarten Baas (1978), one of the most influential Dutch designers nowadays. His work is where art and design meet.

Universiteitsmuseum Groningen, Groningen

Nobel Science. Feringa, Zernike and the Groningen tradition.

26 January 2017 until 29 May 2017

This exhibition shows the researchers from Groningen who received a Nobel Prize and the ones that got a nomination. In an overview it gives you insight in ‘Nobel Science’.

Museum de Fundatie and Kasteel het Nijenhuis, Zwolle/ Heino

Joseph Klibansky – Leap of Faith

28 January 2017 until 14 May 2017

A dynamic exhibition about Joseph Klibansky’s (1984) works. It is Klibansky’s first solo exhibition. His paintings, collages, prints and sculptures reflect the world of tomorrow. Inspired by today’s technology, fashion, design, architecture, travel and music.

Werner Tübke – Master Painter Between East And West

28 January 2017 until 14 May 2017

Tübke is seen as the most important painter of the GDR. His work must be seen in context of the split between East and West Germany. But even after the fall of the wall, his work is of great significance.

Drents Museum, Assen

Peredvizhniki – Russian Realism and Repin 1870-1900

Until 2 April 2017

With the exhibition Peredvizhniki, the Drents Museum introduces the artists that revolutionised the Russian art scene at the end of the nineteenth century. Not the bourgeois, but ordinary people at work became subject of paintings.

The American Dream – American Realism 1945-2017

19 November 2017 until 27 May 2018

The Kunsthalle Emden (Germany) and the Drents Museum present in a double exposition American Realism dating from 1945 until 2017. Work from top artists like Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol will be shown.

The Great Liao – Nomad dynasty from Inner Mongolia (907-1125)

23 April 2017 until 28 October 2017

This exhibition will tell the Dutch public about originally nomadic people that built an immense empire in Mongolia during the 10th and 11th century, which became eventually the Liao dynasty. More than 120 precious objects such as pottery, jewellery and horse harnesses give insight in the splendour of this dynasty.

Check for more info: whichmuseum.nl


Golden deathmask of prinsess Chen of the Liao-dynasty (around 1018 A.D.), her tomb was found in Qinglongshan, 1986, collection Archeologic Researchinstitue of Inner-Mongolia.

By Mettina Bleker 
Cover photo: Ilya Repin (1844-1930), De Wolgaslepers, 1870-1873, oil on canvas, collection Staats Russisch Museum, St. Petersburg



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