De Hallen Haarlem opens STUDIO VERWEY – Five contemporary artists between studio and museum

De Hallen Haarlem presents STUDIO VERWEY – Five contemporary artists between studio and museum on view 15.09.2012 – 18.11.2012, named after Haarlem artist Kees Verwey. Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem administers Verwey’s estate and regularly exhibits his work.

Kees Verwey in his studio. Photo: Nico Koster.

The exhibition Studio Verwey researches the studio’s role for contemporary artists. Verwey worked mostly within the four walls of his studio, but what is the relationship that young artists have with their working space? Five artists who at one time or another received a Fellowship from the Kees Verwey Foundation at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam will show their recent work: Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Tomoko Kawachi, Tala Madani, Derk Thijs and Sarah Verbeek. The exhibition focuses on how these artists from different nationalities and generations make their art in the year 2012. The exhibition is in keeping with De Hallen as a platform for young talent from home and abroad.

Studio Verwey refers to the Haarlem artist Kees Verwey (1900-1995), who made his name as a painter, watercolorist and draughtsman. His studio in Haarlem was an important source of inspiration for him. His monumental studiopieces are a high point in his oeuvre. Photographs of Verwey in his studio, seated behind his painter’s easel, show the archetypical artist.

The Kees Verwey Foundation administers the estate of this Haarlem artist and concerns itself with the dissemination of his mental legacy and work. Since 2005 the Foundation has annually supported a young artist with a Fellowship at the Rijksakademie. The Rijksakademie offers the highest level of artistic, theoretical and technical facilities and expertise to approximately fifty artists from all over the world. With this exhibition De Hallen Haarlem wants to emphasize the Rijksakademie’s infinite significance. –

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