The exhibition about Kees van Dongen is set to go on a journey, just like the artist himself, from Rotterdam to Paris.
From 25 March 2011, the crowd-pulling exhibition ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ can be seen at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. About 60 masterpieces by Kees van Dongen (1877 - 1968) will soon be transported to the French capital. Instead of using the ‘All Eyes’ title, in Paris the exhibition will be presented as ‘Kees Van Dongen, fauve, anarchiste, mondain’. Anita Hopmans, who curated the exhibition in the Netherlands and wrote the new definitive monograph on the artist, is very pleased about the exhibition going on tour: ‘It is a challenge to be presenting this exceptional exhibition in Paris, the city where Kees van Dongen worked, achieved his initial successes and rose to world fame.’ Hopmans has been serving as a guest curator in France to ensure that the exhibition is as great a success there as it has been here in the Netherlands. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen welcomed no fewer than 205,225 visitors to see Kees van Dongen’s masterpieces within a period of about four months.
This is the second time that the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris has taken over an exhibition from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the first occasion being in 2009, when the biographical exhibition about Charley Toorop was transferred to Paris.