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State-of-the-art women Tucked away in the idyllic artists’ village of Nunspeet is the Noord-Veluws Museum. This museum is currently hosting the captivating exhibition Vrouwen, Uit de kunst! (Women, State of the art!), shining a bright light on the area’s rich female artistic community in the period between 1880 and 1950. Set in the midst of the Dutch countryside, in 1880 the scenic village of Nunspeet was known to host an artist colony where painters and sculptors gathered to leave the city behind and re-connect with nature. “Artworks from that period show a heavy romanticisation of the simple life in the country,” explains curator Margot Jongedijk. Though at first it was mainly male artists who seemed to put their stamp on arts dating back to that time, soon a thriving and rich female artistic community was revealed. “For probable societal causes, the works of female artists were vastly overshadowed by those of their male colleagues – completely unjustifiable.” Vrouwen, Uit de kunst! honours the lives and works of these women. The exhibition dis-

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plays paintings and textile works of a wide variety of female artists, many of whom truly lived their lives as artists and enjoyed education at academies of visual arts. Unique is the career of Kitty van der Mijl Dekker: after studying at the Bauhaus in Dessau, she launched her own hand weaving company in Nunspeet. Many women also painted alongside their husbands - Sientje Mesdag-van Houten is still one of the most influential Dutch female artists of her time. The Noord-Veluws Museum also hosts a semi-permanent collection featuring 20 different artists and runs activities all year round.

Vrouwen, Uit de kunst! is on display until 4 March 2018 www.noord-veluws-museum.nl

Jo Koster, Weggetje in de voorjaarszon. Oil paint on canvas, 38,2 x27,3 cm (Private collection)

Hedwig Kleintjes-van Osselen, Zinnia’s, 1934. Oil paint on canvas, ca. 50 x 60 cm (Collection Gemeente Heerde)

Located in Labourpalace Het Schip. Imaginatively built by Michel or in 1919. v e it deoKlerk s b e Kijk op de w Theparchitectural style grew into an o s orkshexpressionist flow of architecture de z merw and design. The exhibition shows objects from this unique period, which is related to Jugendstil and Bauhaus. You will see slum dwellings from the previous century and an Amsterdam School model house. Every hour there is a guided tour in and around the expressionist building. The tour is included in your ticket!

Oostzaanstraat 45 1013WG Amsterdam 020 6868 595 Geopend dinsdag t/minfo@hetschip.nl zondag 11.00-17.00 uur www.hetschip.nl

voor scholen ook buiten openingstijden Opening hours

Oostzaanstraat 45, to Amsterdam Thursday Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM

www.hetschip.nl | info@hetschip.nl | 020 6868595

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Discover Benelux, Issue 45, September 2017  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 45, September 2017  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.