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									Neighborhoods:    the   Netherlands   and
Flanders
A CELEBRATION OF PAINTING
Dutch and Flemish painting from the 16 th
to the 18 th century

July 16 – November 6, 2005
powered by e.on


May 2005
For the first time, the museum kunst palast is
staging a major survey exhibition of pictures
from its collection of 275 works by Dutch and
Flemish painters. The long-lasting partner of the
foundation, the E.ON AG, supports the great
exhibition    „A    celebration   of    painting“
generously. About 190 selected paintings dating
from the 16th to the 18th century from this own
collection, supplemented by 70 drawings and
prints and also by approx. 37 outstanding loans
from private and public collections will be on
show.

Alongside   large-format    historical   narrative
paintings from Caesar Boetius van Everdingen to
Jan   Victoors,   the   sumptuous   splendour   of
luxuriant still-lifes from Jan Pieter Brueghel to
Frans Snyders, the virtuoso works of the Leiden
precision-painters Frans and Willem van Mieris,
and the highly allusive genre scenes of Cornelis
Dusart and Adriaen van Ostade, this overview of
the “Golden Age of Painting” is rounded off above
all by the atmospheric landscapes of such leading
artists as Jan van Goyen, Joos de Momper and
Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael.

“I am pleased about the success of the film “The
girl with the pearl earring”, which kidnaps the
cinema public into a world, for whom also our
exhibition will give examples in broad varieties.
It does not have to be always the Vermeer, it
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can also be a Vermeer of Haarlem or Vermeer of
Utrecht, which impart us the charm of this past
world.”
(Dr. Bettina Baumgärtel, head of the Painting
Collection, museum kunst palast)

The exhibition is supplemented by outstanding
loans from public collections including those of
the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Alte Pinakothek
in Munich, the Gemäldegalerie Kassel, the Museum
Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the
Dordrechts Museum, but also from private german
collections. In this way, a number of works from
the   Electoral   Collection,    which   by   the
vicissitudes of dynastic inheritance were moved
from Düsseldorf to Munich in 1805, will be
finding their way back home for a while.

The wealth of the collection of Elector Palatine
Johann Wilhelm (reigned 1690–1716) and his second
consort Anna Maria Luisa de Medici was legendary.
That it was hung in a purpose-built gallery in
the Düsseldorf City Palace was an innovation. But
the electoral couple also hung numerous Dutch and
Flemish paintings in their hunting lodge at
Bensberg near Cologne. Their court painters
included the renowned portraitist Jan Frans
Douven, who also played a major part in the
establishment of the picture gallery. The painter
Adriaen van der Werff, who was much appreciated
and highly     paid by his princely employer,
created a cycle of paintings especially for his
patron.

The summoning of further artists to the electoral
court, such as Godfried Schalcken and Eglon
Hendrik van der Neer, or the still-life painter
Rachel Ruysch, gave the picture collection a
reputation   which  extended   well  beyond   the
elector’s own domains.
The heart and climax of the collection, however,
were the works of Peter Paul Rubens, whose
“Assumption of the Virgin” had, because of its
monumental size (423 x 281 cm), to be brought
from Brussels to Düsseldorf up the Rhine by

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barge. In the exhibition will be presented a
smaller version (156 x 109 cm) of the same
subject painted by Rubens, coming from Munich.

In the 20th century, bourgeois collectors such as
Paul Girardet and Moritz J. Binder took up where
their aristocratic predecessor left off. Thanks
to their passion for 16th and 17th-century Dutch
paintings, the museum’s collection was enriched
by the works of such renowned artists as the
landscape   painter   Jan   Scorel,   the   Delft
Caravaggio-follower Christiaen van Couwenbergh,
and Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman.

This exhibition is also bringing to the public
eye for the first time works which have long led
a Sleeping-Beauty existence in the museum’s
depot. Others in turn have undergone interesting
re-attributions, and, thanks to restoration, can
now be seen in a new light – like 80 of the
presenting paintings. Using the example of a
study by Adam Frans van der Meulen, long believed
to be lost, showing King Louis XIV on horseback,
a virtual picture-show tells the exciting story
of the rediscovery and the removal of overlying
layers of paint.

The exhibition is rounded off by drawings and
prints from the museum’s own collection. These
not only give an insight into the work of the
masters in their studios, but also into the art
market which disseminated the more prominent
works in the form of printed reproductions.

To   run  currently   with  the   exhibition  “A
CELEBRATION OF PAINTING” another, entitled “SLOW
ART”, will present developments in contemporary
art in these countries.




General Director: Jean-Hubert Martin


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Curatorial Team: Dr. Bettina Baumgärtel, assisted
                    by Kathrin Bürger

Project Management: Sabine Söll-Tauchert

Lender – for instance:
- Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München –
Alte Pinakothek, u.a.:
   -    Rubens, Peter Paul: Mariae Himmelfahrt, Öl
auf Leinwand, 156 x 109 cm
   -     Rubens, Peter    Paul (u. Werkstatt): Der
Früchtekranz, Öl auf Leinwand,
      120 x     203,8 cm
 - Werff, Adriaen van der : Die Künste huldigen
 dem Kurfürsten, Öl auf Holz,
      81 x 57 cm
   - Werff, Adriaen van der: Johann Wilhelm von
der Pfalz, Öl auf Leinwand,
      76 x 54 cm
   - Werff, Adriaen van der: Bildnis der Anna
Maria Luisa de’ Medici,
     Öl auf    Leinwand, 76 x 53 cm
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, u.a.:
   - Neer, Eglon van der: Virginal spielende Frau,
1669, Öl auf Holz, 48 x 38,5 cm
- Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, u.a.:
   -     Brueghel d.Ä., Jan: Markt am Flussufer,
1611, Öl auf Holz, 42,5 x 60,5 cm
- Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, u.a.;
 -     Meulen, Adam Frans van der: Ludwig der XIV.
 überquert den Rhein,
      Öl auf Leinwand, 103 x 159 cm
- Staatliche Museen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie, u.a.:
   -      Ruysch, Rachel : Blumenstillleben am
Waldboden, Öl auf Leinwand,
     93 x 75 cm
und german private collections

Catalogue:   A   richly   illustrated   scholarly
catalogue of the whole stock of Dutch and Flemish
paintings (275 works) accompanies the exhibition,
comprising   approx.    300   pages    with   300
illustrations inclusive CD-Rom, published by
Seemann-Verlag, Leipzig.
Price: approx. 49.00 Euro
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Number of works: approx. 300 (190 paintings and
70 draws and prints from the own collection,
supplemented by approx. 37 works by outstanding
loans

Admission price: Euro 7.00, reduced: Euro 4.00

Public tours free    of   charge:   Tuesdays     and
Sundays, 3:00 p.m.

Free guided tours by the curators: Wednesdays, 5
p.m. ( 20.7., 27.7., 31.8., 28.9., 26.10 and
2.11.)

Audioguide : german / English

Booking of guided tours: +49-(0)211-8990100

MAIN SPONSOR: E.ON AG
Further Sponsors:
the State Department of the Netherlands and the
Ministry for education, culture and science,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Buitenlandse Zaken,
Ministry of the Flemish Community, Mondriaan
Stichting (Mondriaan Foundation), the Royal Dutch
Embassy in Berlin, and the General Consulate of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Duesseldorf;
Kulturpartner WDR3, Frankenheim and Castenow.

The Stiftung museum kunst palast is a public-
private partnership between the state capital of
Duesseldorf, E.ON AG, METRO Group and degussa AG.




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    palast
    Ehrenhof    4-5,   40479
    Duesseldorf
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    palast.de
    www.museum-kunst-
    palast.de

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    Press Relations Officer
    Telephone: +49 (0) 211-
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    04
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    Press     and      Public
    Relations
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    04
    marina.schuster@museum-
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    Website / Photo archive
    Telephone: +49 (0) 211-
    89 962 50
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