The Rijksmuseum presents a new year with High Society, Ed van der Elsken photography, ‘Dutch Design’ in the Age of Rembrandt, extraordinary garden sculptures by Chillida and an exhibition about the Eighty Years’ War.
High Society (8 March to 3 June 2018): For centuries, powerful princes, eccentric aristocrats and fabulously wealthy citizens had themselves painted by the world’s best artists. In spring, the Rijksmuseum will present High Society. Over thirty-five life-size portraits by the great masters in art history: from Cranach to Velázquez and from Rembrandt to Manet. Never before there have been an exhibition dedicated to this most glamorous type of portraits.
Ed van der Elsken (8 March to 3 June 2018): Ed van der Elsken is the most famous Dutch photographer of mid-20th century. A selection of original, rare prints will be on show at a small dazzling exhibition. The guest curator for this exhibition is the film director and avid collector Jan de Bont, who, together with his wife Trish Reeves de Bont, donated fourteen prints to the Rijksmuseum in 2017.
KWAB. Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt (29 June to 16 September 2018) : Fantasy sea creatures, creepy monsters and freakish body shapes reminiscent of dripping candle wax. That’s the auricular style: the most important and most sensational contribution that the Netherlands has made to the development of interior art in Europe. The Rijksmuseum highlights this ‘Dutch Design’ in more than one hundred works of art from the Golden Age.
80 Years’ War (12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019): In 2018, it will be 450 years since the Eighty Years’ War began. In the Rijksmuseum exhibition special works of art and exciting objects shows how violence, rebellion and civil war, terror and oppression, religious persecutions and refugees could lead to the emergence of the present Netherlands and Belgium without that ever being the intention.
Chillida (29 June – 23 September 2018): Following on from Henry Moore (2013), Alexander Calder (2014), Joan Miró (2015), Giuseppe Penone (2016) and Jean Dubuffet (2017), Chillida in the Rijksmuseum Gardens is the sixth in a series of open-air exhibitions in the gardens.