As of 20 May 2017

A GLOBAL TABLE - Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem Fellowship Transhistorical Curating

23.09.2017 - 07.01.2018

The exhibition A Global Table, curated by Curatorial Fellow Abigail Winograd (Israël, 1983),takes place at both locations of the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem. Point of departure for this transhistorical exhibition in which old and new art is presented side by side, is the 17th century still life collection of the museum. A Global Table represents an alternative interpretation of these works. The still life is treated as a historic document. Which colonial and trade relationships do the food products depicted on the still lifes represent? What do they say about the growing overseas power of the Republic and what were the social and cultural consequences of this Dutch urge for expansion? Winograd combines resplendent food still lifes of the Golden Age with art works of contemporary artists who have an interest in globalisation and the practical effects this phenomenon has on daily life.

NOW THAT’S SOMETHING! - Humour in 100 years of Dutch art

20.05.2017 - 10.09.2017

Humour has always played a role within the history of art. Pieter Brueghel and Jeroen Bosch characterised themselves through witty paintings in the 16th century, while artists such as Jan Steen and Frans Hals depicted cheerfulness and jest in the 17th century. In the beginning of the 20th century, however, humour conquered an increasingly prominent place within the arts. Absurdism, jest, satire and other humoristic manners of expression were a breath of fresh air in the often far too serious and grandiloquent art world. At the turn of the 20th century the dada movement was epoch-making. It paved the way for Fluxus (in the 60s) and, at a later stage, for visual and conceptual art forms that sought new and playful dimensions within art. The comprehensive exhibition in both De Hallen Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum shows many animated examples of humorous Dutch art of the past 100 years: paintings, graphics, photography, films and spatial works in a Dadaesque vein.