Successful Kees van Dongen exhibition travels to Paris

Kees van Dongen, Le Doigt sur la joue / A Finger on her Cheek, 1910, Oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm, Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Pictoright, Amsterdam

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Successful Kees van Dongen exhibition travels to Paris

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris are proud to announce that the well-attended exhibition ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ will be shown in Paris from 25 March. This is the second time that the Paris museum has taken an exhibition from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; the first was the Charley Toorop retrospective in 2009.

When the exhibition closes in Rotterdam on 23 January, approximately sixty masterpieces by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) will be transported to the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM). The exhibition will be on display in Paris from 25 March until 17 July 2011 under the title ‘Kees Van Dongen, Fauve, anarchiste, mondain’. It comes as no surprise that Paris has shown such a strong interest in the exhibition: Kees van Dongen lived and worked for most of his life in the French capital.

Exclusive showing
Anita Hopmans, who curated the exhibition for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and wrote the accompanying catalogue, will be closely involved in the exhibition at the MAM. Hopmans: ‘It is a challenge to show this extraordinary exhibition in Paris, the city in which Kees van Dongen worked, achieved his initial success and later gained worldwide fame.’ Several paintings, which are still on view in Rotterdam until 23 January, have been loaned exclusively to the Dutch exhibition and will not travel to Paris. They include ‘Trinidad Fernandez’ from Iran and ‘La dame aux gants noirs’ from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. However, the exhibition in Paris will be augmented by several important works from St Petersburg and a private collection in Istanbul and by several works from the collection of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The show will also be hung differently in Paris. In the opening galleries, MAM will exhibit Van Dongen’s earliest works from his Rotterdam period. The Parisian exhibition will also give greater attention to Van Dongen’s later fashionable portraits. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is currently working on a French edition of the catalogue. The film about Kees van Dongen that has been shown in Rotterdam will also be screened in Paris.

Private collections
The Van Dongen exhibition has been a great success in Rotterdam. Some 180,000 people have seen the selection of approximately eighty masterpieces from collections in New York, Monaco, Geneva and Moscow. ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ follows the Rotterdam-born artist from his beginnings and breakthrough through his travels to his later success. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is extremely pleased to be able to continue its partnership with the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In 2009 the museum’s exhibition on the life and work of Charley Toorop travelled to the MAM.

‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ was made possible in the Netherlands by our chief sponsor, Unilever, and chief patron, the Turing Foundation. The exhibition also received financial support from OC&C Strategy Consultants, BankGiro Loterij, the Straver Fonds administered by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Ploum Lodder Princen, Stichting Bevordering Van Volkskracht, and Stichting Gifted Art. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science indemnified the exhibition. In Rotterdam the exhibition was part of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.