The exhibition shows the most beautiful works by the painter Kees van Dongen, who achieved fame for his seductive portraits of women and his fabulous lifestyle.
Kees Van Dongen began his career as a left-wing satirical illustrator, but soon became a celebrated painter. He had his breakthrough in his new home Paris as part of the avant-garde Fauvist movement. This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents more than sixty paintings and a selection of ceramics, photographs, posters and drawings by the Rotterdam-born master. You can also watch a film in which the curator Anita Hopmans talks about the artist’s life and work.
‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ features beautiful works that Van Dongen made during a visit to Rotterdam in 1907, such as the brightly coloured ‘Modjesko’. Also on show are the paintings inspired by the Folies Bergères and Van Dongen’s most daring Parisian works, including the nude of his wife, Guus. Other key works include the paintings inspired by his travels in Spain, Morocco and Egypt. These experimental and seductive female portraits, with Oriental influences, intense colours and decorative accents, are among his greatest works. His well-known work ‘Finger on the Cheek’ was made during a trip to Spain. This painting – which is in the museum’s collection – has recently been restored. From 18 September it can be seen with its original colours, just as the artist intended.
This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see all the artist’s best works together.
The exhibition has been made possible by our chief sponsor, Unilever; our chief patron, the Turing Foundation; OC&C Strategy Consultants; Bank Giro Loterij, the Straver Fonds, administered by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; Ploum Lodder Princen, Stichting Bevordering Van Volkskracht; Stichting Gifted Art and through an indemnity grant provided by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ is part of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.