An exhibition juxtaposing 17th and 18th century Dutch and Flemish paintings with works by major contemporary artists.
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 24 May 2013–Friday 29 May 2015
Home, Land and Sea Art in the Netherlands 1600-1800 was an exhibition which brought together over 50 paintings from Manchester City Galleries’ exceptional 17th and 18th century Dutch and Flemish collection, one of the most important in the country. It includes exquisite paintings of everyday life, portraiture, landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes by Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch, Jacob van Ruisdael and many more. Some of these paintings have not been on display for tens of years, while others have benefited from recent conservation treatment.
These paintings were juxtaposed with works by major contemporary artists such as Mat Collishaw’s Last Meal on Death Row, Texas series, sculptures of gnawed apples by Gavin Turk, and Rob and Nick Carter’s homage to Ambrosius Bosschaert: Transforming Still Life Painting. Alongside the seascapes will be Bachelor Machines Part I, a film by 2013 Northern Art Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi that focuses on the lives of an all-male crew on board the Gran Bretagna, a modern-day cargo vessel.
This exhibition was curated by Henrietta Ward, The National Gallery Curatorial Trainee supported by the Art Fund. Henrietta documented the preparation of the exhibition on her blog.