Rijksmuseum 2024

by Alain Chivilò


A look at what the Rijksmuseum will propose during 2024.

– On a three-stop tour, after London the National Gallery, the exhibition dedicated to Frans Hals arrives in the Netherlands: from 16 February 2024 to 9 June 2024 (next at the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 12 July 2024 – 3 November 2024).

As already written about the exhibition in UK in a previous column: “The main subject present in the Hals’ painting are group portraits, genre scenes but above all portraits of individuals. A lively characterisation of people with laugh and smile. Through a quick painting technique the Master gave liveliness, panache and content to his artistic production. A veiled irony but also a different interpretation of the portrait. Not only austere but also new perspections through the a way of the impression two hundred before Impressionism”.

Among the painting, “The Laughing Cavalier” (1624), returns to the Netherlands for the first time in more than 150 years, from the Wallace Collection in London, where it has hung since 1870. It will leave the UK for the first time on loan.

– Express Yourself! 16 February – 9 June 2024: an exhibition devoted to the photographic work of Gerard Wessel (b. 1960) and André Bogaerts (1955–2022). From around 1981 to 2012, both photographers focused on youth culture, each from their own unique perspective. While Wessel’s images celebrate the expressiveness of people living the nightlife, Bogaerts’ portraits of secondary school students show his subjects to be shy but filled with anticipation for their future.

– Lee Ufan in the Rijksmuseum gardens, 28 May – 27 October 2024: the museum invited Lee Ufan for the 11th edition of its annual sculpture exhibition. Lee Ufan (1936) is one of the founders of the Japanese avant-garde art movement Mono-ha (School of Things). Mono-ha artists use materials such as stone, iron and water to explore dialogues between natural and industrial elements. The exhibition will present seven of Lee’s iconic sculptures in the gardens and two more at surprising locations in the museum.

– Point of view, 5 July – 1 September 2024: questions as did all children wear dresses in the 17th century? Why did women have to fight to wear trousers? What does the size of your desk say about your gender? Ideas, thoughts, points of view, habits and customs as time evolves: 150 objects from the Rijksmuseum collection (paintings, prints, drawings, costumes, accessories, sculptures and items of furniture) show how gender can be found everywhere, in everything, if you change your point of view.

– Stop Motion. The Photography of Muybridge & Marey, 5 July – 1 September 2024: twenty-five original prints of the world-famous photographs by the British-American photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904). The selected images include some of the first to capture the movements of people and of wild and domesticated animals. Moreover on show, glass negatives by the French photographer and scientist Étienne-Jules (1830–1904), who was conducting similar movement studies in the same period. The glass negatives were donated to the Rijksmuseum in 2020.

– Asian Bronze, 27 September 2024 – 12 January 2025: 75 masterpieces showcasing the beauty of 4,000 years of Asian bronze art. From statues of gods to objects for ritual and everyday use.

– Document Nederland: Eddo Hartmann Photographs Festivals, 27 September 2024 – 12 January 2025: a commision by the Museum to Eddo Hartmann to photograph festivals for the annual Document Nederland show.

– Operation Night Watch: a unique opportunity to experience the restoration of Rembrandt’s masterpiece live at the Rijksmuseum. All the work will take place in the glass room in the Gallery of Honour and can therefore be seen by everyone. Operation Night Watch is the biggest and most wide-ranging research project ever conducted into Rembrandt’s masterpiece.

More details of events during 2024.


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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