Ik hou van Holland (I Just Love Holland): Dutch art after 1945 (werktitel)

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
Utopia, 1986 Oil On Canvas 161,3 X 256,5 Cm © collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
© Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Ik hou van Holland (I Just Love Holland): Dutch art after 1945 (werktitel)

Hoogstraat 112-114
3111 HL Schiedam
September 21st, 2013 - September 6th, 2015
Opening: September 21st, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

+31 (10) 246 3666
Tue-Sun 10-5


‘The exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam is one we all eagerly await.’

With the exhibition entitled Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945 (I Love Holland. Dutch post-war art), the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam will present a comprehensive overview of post-war Dutch art. An overview of this quality, magnitude and depth has never been shown in the Netherlands. It displays the developments in Dutch contemporary art, and links these to developments in society.

Artists are often the first to observe and reflect on what is going on in the world, and this exhibition makes this evident. The overview presents more than a hundred artworks by more than sixty artists who have had a major influence on art between 1945 and the present day. On 21 September, the exhibition will open with a nostalgic dance party in the style of the (post-)war years 1940 and 1950.

I Love Holland. Dutch post-war art reveals that many taboos in both art and society were demolished in this period, and new norms championed: the freedom that followed the Second World War was mirrored in art and society. An exceptional aspect of this unique overview is that art is shown in relation to recognizable social, political and economic events in Dutch society. ‘An approach that wishes to draw art out of its ivory tower, to an extent not previously seen in the Netherlands’ (Rutger Pontzen in de Volkskrant, 30 August 2013).

Themes, mottos and the social context
War & Liberty - ‘Barbarian Times’
Reconstruction & Prosperity - ‘Homo Ludens’
Comfort & Cold War - ‘Soft Living’
Identity & Malleability - ‘New Holland’
Boundlessness – ‘Open Borders’

The art from the post-war years can be reviewed within the theme of War & Liberty. The Second World War, liberty and newly gained freedom are elucidated in this framework. The exhibition subsequently focuses on Reconstruction & Prosperity. The Delta Works and the new Bijenkorf department store in Rotterdam are examples from this period. In Comfort & Cold War era concentrates on the arrival of television and the Iron Curtain. Characteristic features of the Identity & Malleability aspect are the social-critical attitude of certain groups among the population on the one hand, and the malleability of groups of people, with yuppies as the personification of this, on the other. The last theme, Boundlessness, brings us closer to the present day. The fall of the Berlin Wall was one of the most important events in this period, as was also the advent of the World Wide Web.

Special opening evening with Radio Modern on 21 September
Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945 will be opened in the style of the (post-)war years 1940 and 1950, the same period that marks the beginning of the overview. The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam has organized a dance party in conjunction with Radio Modern. It will be a nostalgic trip to the post-war years. Visitors will be able to participate in dance lessons, a band will perform live, visitors can go to the barber’s shop and be photographed in splendid 1950s clothes. Tickets for this exceptional evening can be purchased via the website:

Groots overzicht van de Nederlandse kunst vanaf 1945 tot nu!

Met de tentoonstelling Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945 is twee jaar lang hét overzicht van de Nederlandse kunst van na 1945 te zien in het Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Nergens in Nederland wordt een dergelijk overzicht getoond. Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945 laat de ontwikkelingen in de hedendaagse kunst zien en combineert deze met de ontwikkelingen in de maatschappij.

Kunstenaars signaleren en reflecteren vaak als eersten op wat er in de samenleving gebeurt en deze tentoonstelling maakt dit zichtbaar. Met Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945 laat het Stedelijk Museum Schiedam meer dan honderd kunstwerken van ruim 60 kunstenaars zien, die bepalend zijn voor de kunst van 1945 tot nu.

Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945 laat zien dat zowel in de kunst als in de samenleving in deze periode taboes geslecht en nieuwe normen bevochten worden: de vrijheid die volgt op de Tweede Wereldoorlog weerspiegelt zich in de kunst en in de maatschappij. Bijzonder aan dit unieke overzicht is dat de kunst getoond wordt in relatie met herkenbare sociale politieke, economische en maatschappelijke gebeurtenissen in de Nederlandse samenleving. “Een benadering die de kunst uit haar ivoren toren wil halen, in een omvang die in Nederland niet eerder is getoond” (Rutger Pontzen in de Volkskrant, 30 augustus 2013).

ArtSlant has shutdown. The website is currently running in a view-only mode to allow archiving of the content.

The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.