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ARCHIVE- His annual invasion of the farm of a friendly farmer in Aartswoud in North Holland, inspired photographer Hans van der Meer (1955) to embark on a personal quest for the changing world of the cow. Over the past few years he has visited countless farmers to hear their views of the future, but above all to record the everyday life of the Dutch cow.
ARCHIVE- This autumn Alkmaar turns the spotlight on Emanuel de Witte, one of the most talented painters of the Golden Age. 2017 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the artist’s birth in the city. It is the first time that a monographic exhibition has been devoted to Emanuel de Witte – a remarkable omission, given that he is regarded as the greatest painter of church interiors of his day. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar presents the range of De Witte’s oeuvre and his mastery of perspective and light with exceptional loans from Dutch and foreign collections. The exhibition also provides an insight into the tragic life of this striking personality.
ARCHIVE- In 2018 we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Great St Lawrence’s Church here in Alkmaar. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar will kick off the celebrations of this anniversary year with an exhibition of views of St Lawrence’s. Works by two renowned Golden Age artists, Salomon van Ruysdael and Pieter Saenredam, will be shown alongside new work by two contemporary photographers: Hans van der Meer and Karin Borghouts.
ARCHIVE- Charley Toorop, Jan Sluijters, Leo Gestel, Toon Kelder, Kees Maks—all painters represented in the collection of the Amsterdam poulterer and car dealer Wim Selderbeek (1884-1963). Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar has reconstructed the collection and gives the works he brought together the attention they deserve. A notable feature of the exhibition is the large number of paintings that came to light in private collections; unknown masterpieces that can be seen for the first time from 18 February to 20 August 2017.
In the sixteenth century Alkmaar’s Great St Lawrence’s Church boasted the largest altarpiece in the Low Countries. A prestigious work of art, almost six metres high and eight metres wide, made by Maarten van Heemskerck. After the Reformation it was sold and taken to Sweden. Since 1582 it has been in the cathedral in Linköping. This year the shutters of the altarpiece have been returned for a while to their original place for the first time in centuries and they can now be seen in the sanctuary in St Lawrence’s. Here in the museum you can find out all about the creation and adventures of this work of art.
ARCHIVE- For the first time, we are able to get a sense of what the Dutch poet and engraver Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher (1594-1649) was like. We have no likeness of her, but an archaeological discovery in Alkmaar’s major shopping street means we do know something about her personal possessions. During an archaeological investigation after a fire in the property where Tesselschade lived, fragments of engraved glass, a diamond ring and an elaborately worked shoe were found in a cesspit.
ARCHIVE- Caesar van Everdingen: grand master of Dutch Classicism. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar presents his first monographic exhibition four hundred years after his birth. It is high time for a reassessment of this impressive oeuvre, which experts consider among the best of seventeenth-century art. Like no other, Van Everdingen used his ‘flattering brush’ to capture on canvas the softness of velvet, the sleekness of fur and the sheen of fabrics, and painted impressive history paintings and civic guard portraits. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is bringing works by Caesar van Everdingen from Dutch and foreign museums and private collections to Alkmaar. The museum won the prestigious Turing Award II for the exhibition concept.
ARCHIVE- In the summer of 1905, the young Pablo Picasso stayed in the province of North Holland for a few weeks. Even if he stayed here for just a short period of time, this vacation was an important phase for his artistry. From June 7th, until August 28th, including, the town museum of Alkmaar will exhibit his Dutch work for the first time. Never before have the famous paintings ‘La belle Hollandaise’ from Australia and ‘Les trois Hollandaises’ from Paris been reunited.