ABN AMRO Bank presents
Dutch Days Museum Seminar "Masters of the Golden Age"
Organised by Asia Week Hong Kong
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre, agnès b. CINEMA
Mauritshuis Museum - Rebuilding the Mauritshuis by Emilie Gordenker
6 pm registration
6:30pm lecture begins
The Mauritshuis is an extraordinary museum that combines a small but outstanding collection of Dutch paintings of the Golden Age with the spectacular setting of a seventeenth-century residence situated in the heart of The Hague. The Mauritshuis is perhaps best known as the home of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, but contains many other treasures as well. The museum reopened in June 2014 after an extensive renovation and expansion. This lecture o ers a brief outline of the history of the collection and the building in which it is displayed, reveals the secrets behind the building project, and sets out the museum’s ambitious plans for the future.
Conversation with the Speaker and Maria Mok, Hong Kong Museum of Art
After the lecture, Maria Mok, curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art will join the spaker for a conversation and Q&A with members of the audience.
About the Speaker
Dr. Emilie E.S. Gordenker is an art historian with a doctorate in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has been director of the Mauritshuis since 2008.
Wednesday, 6 April 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre, agnès b. CINEMA
The history of Dutch ceramics from 1600 through 1850 by Robert Aronson
6:30pm lecture begins
This lecture tells extensively the story of Dutch delftware, especially of the historical context in which delftware could bloom. The discussion will address not only the 16th- and 17th-century majolica, but also the improvements in technique that made the realisation of a new Dutch faience possible. Well-skilled potters from Antwerp and other places brought with them the technical qualities of faience-making to the northern parts of Europe. Aronson shall discuss the di erences between majolica and faience, and remarkable role father and son Verstraeten in Haarlem have played in the development of delftware shall be mentioned.
Robert D. Aronson, fifth generation owner of the family company Aronson Antiquairs celebrates in 2015 his twenty- fth anniversary in antiques. Spreading knowledge to a larger audience by means of lectures has become an important part of his business. By now, Robert has lectured in prominent museums all over the world, for example San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Melbourne Australia.
Thursday, 7 April 2016 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre, agnès b. CINEMA
Dutch painting and the mirror of the skies by Cécile Bosman
6:30pm lecture begins
The national landscape, including the sea, has been a very popular and recurring subject in Dutch paintings for centuries. The poet Rhijnvis Feith (1753-1824) put it in 1791: “Our Nation has created itself in the truest sense of the word. The Land it inhabits is its own Land, which it wrested from the waters. With its bare hands, it tamed the seas and rivers that reigned with random fury there.”The sea can potentially be a threat, but also a source of great wealth for the Netherlands.
This lecture will explore how the Dutch have learned to live in and with their watery surroundings. We follow the natural and man-made waterways through the Netherlands to the coast, from the water-crossed landscapes to the clear sea view. Illustrated by oil paintings and a number of water colours dating from the early 17th Century all the way to the 21st Century, Cécile Bosman will explain how the Dutch turned water to their purpose for transport, trade, and relaxation. She will also give a view on the representation of water, the mirror of the skies, in these paintings. All the paintings and water colours are by Dutch artists and, with the occasional exception, part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.
The lecture is followed by a curator-to-curator conversation with
Cécile Bosman, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, &
Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Martime Museum of Hong Kong
After the lecture, Libby Lai-Pik Chan, curator of the Maritime Museum of Hong Kong will join the speaker for a conversation on knowledge, experience, and insights on curating and promoting maritime museums in two most important port cities in the world. The audience may also join the conversation in a Q&A session.
Saturday, 9 April, 2016 | 3 pm - 4 pm | Liang Yi Museum
Treasure-House of the Netherlands: The Rijksmuseum as National Showcase of Dutch Golden Age Painting by Duncan Bull
3pm lecture begins
The concept of “Dutch Golden Age” is a relatively modern phenomenon, one that only arose during the later nineteenth century and which was largely fostered by the opening of the Rijksmuseum’s magnificent new building in 1885. There, pride of place was given, as it still is today, to Rembrandt’s van Rijn’s great Night Watch, one of the most powerful pictorial statements of secular civic pride ever to have flowed from brush of a painter. If Rembrandt stood central in the vision of the Rijksmuseum’s foundation and mission, other artists that the Museum profiled came to predominate in the public perception of Dutch art: the calm and measured domestic scenes of Vermeer and De Hooch; the “romantic” landscapes of Ruisdael and Hobbema; the atmospheric church interiors of Saenredam, the perfectly arranged still-lifes of De Heem and Weenix; and the broadly-brushed bravura portraits of Frans Hals.
Throughout its two-hundred year history, the Rijksmuseum has striven not only to collect and to present its public with a representative collection of Dutch Golden-Age painting, but also to acquire as many of the greatest masterpieces by the greatest Dutch painters as it can. This lecture traces the growth of that collection amidst the changes of taste that increasingly saw the Dutch school of painting take it place in public perception among the very greatest European cultural achievements.
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