As of 30 March 2018

NOISE! - Frans Hals, Otherwise

29.09.2018 - 10.02.2019

Frans Hals was far ahead of his time. The way he portrayed people – more freely, looser, without sticking to rigid rules – disturbs the fixed image we have of status and power in the seventeenth century. Echoes of the strictly regulated society of the Golden Age resonate to this day. We live in an age when there is little room for
positions that cannot be grasped instantly. Identity and origin are increasingly linked and where you come from plays an ever more important role. This is why art is more needed than ever: it is a tribute to ‘difference’ and doing things otherwise.

Inspired by Frans Hals’s work, Noise! – Frans Hals, Otherwise creates an image of (wo)man as a multifaceted being that establishes borders and then crosses them. At a time of hardening positions and identities the exhibition goes in search of the separate and divergent, the fluid, in the footsteps of Frans Hals.


30.03.2018 - 16.09.2018

Frans Hals plays the starring role in the Frans Hals Museum’s permanent collection. It could hardly be otherwise. But this role is extremely varied. Hals will feature in this experimental collection exhibition in many ways.

To celebrate the opening of the new-look museum the meeting between original and imaginary paintings by Frans Hals and interpretations by art experts and artists are the central themes in Hof and Hal. A choir of different voices will resound throughout the exhibition: painters and photographers, curators and art historians will respond in individual and subjective ways to the paintings by the Haarlem virtuoso.

Contemporary artists like Anton Henning, Jasper Hagenaar, Shezad Dawood and Nina Katchadourian will use various paintings by Hals as starting points for new work. Rendezvous with Frans Hals will show how well Frans Hals’s civic guard paintings and portraits translate to the present.