Eye to Eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian

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Eye to Eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian

Groot Heiligland 62
2011 ES Haarlem
March 23rd, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
Opening: March 23rd, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
023 511 5775
Tue-Sat 11-5; Sun 12-5


In Frans Hals Year 2013, key works by the artist will be shown amidst paintings by such famous predecessors as Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens in Frans Hals: Eye to Eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian. This extraordinary confrontation of old masters is essential to the understanding of seventeenth-century art. Famous painters often produced their works in response to one another, seeking to outdo the other artist and create something exceptional. The best way to assess the results of their efforts is to look at comparable works side by side. Visitors can see for themselves the artistic challenges Hals must have faced and what makes him unique. The paintings come from some of the world’s greatest museums, among them the National Gallery in London, the Prado in Madrid and the Louvre in Paris, and from various private collections.

A New View of Frans Hals
This first major Frans Hals exhibition in almost twenty-five years will shed new light on the artist. It was long thought that Frans Hals’s name was almost unknown outside Haarlem in the seventeenth century and that he did not achieve fame until the nineteenth, when the French art critic Théophile Thoré-Bürger rediscovered him, and artists like Vincent van Gogh and Edouard Manet expressed their admiration for him. New research has revealed, however, that he was highly regarded by some of the most eminent painters and art lovers in Europe in the seventeenth century.

Visitors will be able to see the choice that the sixteenth-century art theoretician Karel van Mander, Hals’s teacher, presented to painters at that time—whether to paint in a ‘neat’ manner (like Brueghel) or with ‘rough’ brushstrokes (like Titian and Tintoretto). It will also be possible to compare swift oil sketches by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens with work by Hals and Rembrandt and see how closely Hals and his colleagues in Antwerp approached one another in formal portraiture. A vibrant selection of genre paintings will set Hals’s masterly brushwork and the expressions of his laughing figures side by side with comparable works by Van Baburen, Jordaens and Van Dyck. Hals’s great group portraits also engage in a dialogue with contemporaries. The most spectacular is perhaps the confrontation between Hals’s last group portraits and the late portraits by Rembrandt, the only other seventeenth-century master who dared to paint with such bravura at that moment.

A full-colour catalogue edited by Anna Tummers (curator of Old Masters at the Frans Hals Museum, who put the exhibition together) is being published to coincide with the exhibition. International specialists will provide insights into Frans Hals’s virtuosity, his directness, his artistic relationships with fellow artists from Antwerp and Amsterdam and his importance in his own time. (160 pages, full colour, Dutch and English editions, nai010 publishers, price € 25).

Audio Tour and Events
There will be an audio tour (Dutch, English and French) providing more in-depth information about works in the exhibition. A wide range of activities and events are also being organized around the exhibition. See There will be a short introductory film on the website and at the exhibition.

The exhibition has been made possible by the financial support of the Dr Marijnus Johannes van Toorn & Louise Scholten Stichting, Stichting Zabawas, J.C. Ruigrok Stichting, Aon, the SNS REAAL Fonds, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Haarlem City Council. The museum is supported by the BankGiro Loterij.

Frans Hals. Oog in oog met Rembrandt, Rubens en Titiaan

Van 23 maart t/m 28 juli 2013 is in het Frans Hals Museum een bijzondere tentoonstelling over Frans Hals te zien. Voor het eerst worden sleutelstukken van Frans Hals getoond te midden van schilderijen van beroemde collega’s als Titiaan, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Jordaens en Rubens. De presentatie plaatst Hals’ virtuoze penseelwerk in een breder verband, evenals de directheid waarmee hij zijn onderwerpen in beeld bracht. De tentoonstelling werpt daarmee een nieuw licht op Hals’ ambities en positie in de 17e eeuw. Een tijd waarin het ontwikkelen van een eigen stijl en het overtreffen van andere meesters een belangrijk streven was voor schilders. De schilderijen zijn afkomstig uit onder meer the National Gallery in Londen, het Prado in Madrid, het Louvre in Parijs en diverse particuliere collecties. Met de tentoonstelling Frans Hals. Oog in oog met Rembrandt, Rubens en Titiaan viert het Frans Hals Museum dat het in 2013 100 jaar bestaat.

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9 t/m 14 mei 2013

In de feestweek zijn er verschillende feestelijke activiteiten in de stad rond Frans Hals en de tijd waarin hij leefde: de Gouden Eeuw. De feestweek start op donderdag 9 mei, Hemelvaartsdag, met de intocht – per zeilschip - van het eerste vat Frans Halsbier. Er zullen diverse muzikale activiteiten zijn met o.a. een meezing festijn op de Grote Markt, een concert met muziek uit de tijd van Frans Hals door het ensemble van Mike Fentross.

De week eindigt op dinsdag 14 mei (de 100ste verjaardag van het Frans Hals Museum) met een receptie in het museum. Tijdens deze receptie vindt de presentatie van het jubileumboek plaats. Een boek over een eeuw lang verzamelen, restaureren, tentoonstellen, bewaren , bewaken en promoten.