Nieuwsbrief
Contemporary Art in Rotterdam
June 2013

Kokoschka preview

On Saturday 21 September, more than sixty years after Boijmans’ acquisition of its first painting by Oskar Kokoschka, the museum opens the exhibition ‘Oskar Kokoschka - People and Animals’.

Oskar Kokoschka, Double portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise, 1919, Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Oskar Kokoschka, Double portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise, 1919, Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

This autumn the museum hosts an exhibition of more than 140 paintings and works on paper by Oskar Kokoschka. Many of the works come from major international museums and private collections.

The title of the exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is inspired by the exhibition ‘Bildnisse von Oskar Kokoschka - Menschen und Tiere’ at Kunstsalon Paul Cassirer in Berlin in 1927. Although people were central to Kokoschka’s art, he was also fascinated by animals. He often saw human characteristics in animals and vice versa, and frequently gave animals an allegorical role in his paintings. His view of the world forms the thread that runs through the exhibition, providing a personal perspective on the great events of the period around the beginning of the twentieth century and Europe’s disruption through two world wars.

Keep an eye on the website over the next few months for more information about the exhibition and the opening on 21 September 2013.

With thanks to

BankGiro Lottery, Ploum Lodder Princen, Zabawas, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Entrepeneurs Circle Bijzondere Begunstigers.

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