Home, Land and Sea: Art in the Netherlands 1600-1800
24 May 2013 – 23 May 2014
Free to all
Curated by Art Fund Curatorial Trainee Henrietta Ward, this show brings together over 50 paintings from Manchester City Galleries’ exceptional 17th- and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish collection.
This major exhibition showcases the Galleries’ broad collection, which includes exquisite paintings of everyday life, portraiture, landscapes, seascapes, and still life. For the first time these Dutch and Flemish paintings are juxtaposed with works by major contemporary artists such as Mat Collishaw, Gavin Turk and 2013 Northern Art Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi.
Works on show include domestic interiors by Pieter de Hooch, finely painted works by Gerrit Dou and Willem van Mieris, as well as charismatic portraits by Gerard ter Borch. There are views of the simple Dutch countryside in landscapes by Jan van Goyen, Aelbert Cuyp and Philips Koninck, while paintings by Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan van de Cappelle depict stormy seas and calm inland waters.
Evoking the Republic’s powerful trading empire, are still lifes of imported luxury goods by Willem Kalf, as well as meticulously painted exotic flowers by Jan van Huysum and Jan van Os.
Contemporary works on display include five still lifes from Mat Collishaw’s series of photographs, Last Meal on Death Row, Texas and bronze painted sculptures of gnawed apples by Gavin Turk.