1. Groninger Museum

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    The Groningen Museum is well-known for its exceptional and colourful building and also because of its fascinating exhibitions and intriguing collection.The Groningen Museum has proven over the years that a museum can be a place for both study and relaxation. It is bursting with artistic energy, which is obvious as you pass by. The Groningen Museum reopend in 1994. Right from the outset, it was certain that the new Groninger Museum would be designed by several architects. Alessandro Mendini chose designers and architects for this purpose: Philippe Starck, Michele de Lucchi and Coop Himmelb(l)au. Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma http://www.bgdd.nl/ Directed by Stephane B

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    • Whispering Waters

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      Danielle Kwaaitaal - Whispering Waters The Groninger Museum will present new work by the artist Danielle Kwaaitaal (Bussum, 1964) in the 'Green Room' from March 14 to May 31 2009. Whispering Waters (2009) consists of a series of underwater photographs made by Kwaaitaal in conjunction with fashion designer Mada van Gaans. In Danielle Kwaaitaal' s work the significance of being a woman plays a major role. She is fascinated by ' the ideal of beauty' in a human as well as an artistic sense. In her new work she seeks to join in with the world of fashion with a view to bringing 'beauty' into the limelight as a social issue. Fashion affects the way women look at themselves and others. In Whispering Waters, the woman is looking for her identity and she finds herself back in a dark, isolated world. It seems that what Kwaaitaal has in mind is that the present tyranny of fashion and the beauty industry do not contribute to the advancement of the self, but rather to its destruction. Reflections on being a woman are also clearly noticeable in these works, but with the sculpturality and the disappearance of the visible self Kwaaitaal is breaking new ground with Whispering Waters. Kwaaitaal' s fascination with water and the female form manifested itself for the first time in the series Bubbling (1994). Bubbling, which is also included in this exhibition, shows body parts immersed in water, presenting strange and enigmatic images in their combined action with the multitudinous bubbles. In the series Whispering Waters, Kwaaitaal distances herself from this abstraction of the human body and is on the look -out for powerful forms and the female identity, which results in scenes from an oppressive world inhabited by nymph -like creatures. Danielle Kwaaitaal has asked fashion designer Mada van Gaans to design a number of 'underwater dresses' especially for this exhibition. 'Her virtuoso use of materials and exceptional sense of colour are perfectly in keeping with the image that is evoked, in which sharp contours and silk -smooth colour transitions go hand in hand,' Kwaaitaal says. The dresses were worn by catwalk models and swimmers of the synchronized swimming club ZPCH from Hoofddorp, who acted as underwater models for the occasion, performing a special choreography. Kwaaitaal is one of the pioneers of digitally manipulated photography. Her series entitled Bodyscapes (1992) was created with the help of a Paintbox computer, which was used to fuse images of body parts together to form 'bodyscapes'. After Bubbling -made with the same technique- other series followed, such as Airheads: underwater portrait photographs of characters from the Amsterdam club scene. In 1994 Kwaaitaal founded Techno Creations, one of the first VJ collectives, to bring her work to the notice of a different and younger public. In the fairy-tale underwater story FLO (2004) featuring a sensual Ellen ten Damme, she sang the praises of the female body. Kwaaitaal also made works for public spaces. For the Bos and Lommer district council she made large photo walls in which Moroccan and Dutch landscapes melt into one another. For Schiphol Airport she created Tracing Reality (2008), a series of photographic panoramas behind the Customs desk in the B/C corridor. Press release 14 January 2009 http://www.groningermuseum.nl/index.php?id=4237

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      • Bernhard Willhelm & Jutta Kraus, in the Groninger Museum

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        The Groninger Museum presented this major solo exhibition of the work of Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus (both, 1972) on the occasion of their tenth working anniversary. In the course of these ten years, Willhelm and Kraus have realized more than 30 collections. The exhibition will offer an extensive selection from these, with both men’s and women’s wear. The exhibition closed at 11 April 2010. Het Groninger Museum presenteerde een grote solo tentoonstelling van Bernhard Willhelm en Jutta Kraus (beiden, 1972) ter gelegenheid van hun tienjarige jubileum. In de loop van tien jaar, realiseerden Willhelm en Kraus meer dan 30 collecties. De tentoonstelling zal daarvan een uitgebreide selectie bieden met zowel de mannen- als vrouwenlijn. De tentoonstelling was voor het laatst te zien op 11 april 2010. Das Groninger Museum präsentierte eine große Soloausstellung von Bernhard Willhelm und Jutta Kraus (beide 1972), anlässlich des Jubiläums ihrer zehnjährigen Zusammenarbeit. Im Laufe von 10 Jahren schufen Willhelm und Kraus über 30 Kollektionen. Die Ausstellung wird davon eine umfangreiche Auswahl zeigen - sowohl Herren- als Damenmode. Bis 11. April 2010. Book In conjunction with NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, a book with more than 500 illustrations is published to celebrate the past ten years. The book will offer a previously unpublished overview of the work of these remarkable designers, and will contain contributions by author Ingborg Harms and fashion theorist Francesca Granata. You can buy the catalogue here: https://synergy.groningermuseum.nl/webshop/docs/webshop.asp?act=item&itemcode=9789056627164 © Groninger Museum Video made by Sije Kingma Please check for more information: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/index.php?id=4271

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        • Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century

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          From 11 December 2011 to 6 May 2012, the Groninger Museum presents the exhibition entitled Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century. This exhibition displays the most fantastic Alaïa fashion creations of the last ten years. Alaïa is one of the last major couturiers still active. The exhibition is a follow-on to the overview of his work shown in the Groninger Museum in 1998, which was subsequently displayed at the Brant Foundation in New York in 2002.

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          • Het Geheim van Dresden - Van Rembrandt tot Canaletto

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            Het Geheim van Dresden - van Rembrandt tot Canaletto is van 12 december 2014 t/m 25 mei 2015 te zien in het Groninger Museum. Film gemaakt door Sije Kingma

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            • Circle of Trust. Folkert de Jong. Selected Works 2001-2009. In the Groninger Museum

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              From 11 October 2009 to 11 April 2010, the Groninger Museum presents the first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of artist Folkert de Jong (Egmond aan Zee, 1972) in the Netherlands. The exhibition displays a large selection of sculptures, drawings that have not been shown previously, and new monumental work. Het Groninger Museum presenteert van 11 oktober 2009 tot en met 11 april 2010 de eerste grote solotentoonstelling van het werk van de kunstenaar Folkert de Jong (Egmond aan Zee, 1972) in Nederland. De tentoonstelling toont een grote selectie sculpturen, niet eerder getoonde tekeningen en nieuw monumentaal werk. © Groninger Museum Made by: Sije Kingma

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              • 'Russia's Unknown Orient. Orientalist painting 1850-1920' @ Groninger Museum

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                'Russia's Unknown Orient' tells the story of Russia's (art-)historical bond with its southern neighbours: Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia and the Crimean peninsula. It was a bond that was characterized by a fascination for oriental traditions. The word 'Orientalism' has been in use since the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was a genre in painting which focused on themes such as the Middle East and North Africa. Read more: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/en/exhibition/russias-unknown-orient Dutch: 'Het onbekende Rusland. Oriëntalistische schilderkunst 1850-1920' vertelt het verhaal van de (kunst)historische band van Rusland met zijn zuiderburen: Oezbekistan, Georgië, Armenië en de Krim. Een band die werd gekenmerkt door fascinatie voor de oriëntaalse tradities. Het woord oriëntalisme wordt al sinds het begin van de negentiende eeuw gebruikt. Het was een genre in de schilderkunst waarin thema’s als het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika centraal stonden. De tentoonstelling kent vele onderwerpen waaronder allegorieën, reisimpressies, oorlogsverslagen, het dagelijks leven in de Russische Oriënt en het Bijbelse oosten. Lees verder: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/tentoonstelling/het-onbekende-rusland Video by: Sije Kingma © 2010, Groninger Museum http://www.groningermuseum.nl/

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                • Douglas Firs - 'Never Cared Enough' @ Groninger Museum Sessions

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                  Music Tour Summer hit has taken on a new meaning in the Groninger Museum. What would a painting actually sound like? We asked a number of bands and singer-songwriters from the Netherlands and abroad. The musicians took their inspiration from a work of art featured in the exhibition entitled 'Now in the Groninger Museum. 100 Years of Collecting: 1894-1994'. They translated whatever the painting meant to them into music. The result was a soundtrack you can listen to in an audio tour while seeing the art in the exhibition. Douglas Firs is a band from Ghent, Belgium. douglasfirs.be Made by: Klaas Reitsma

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                  • The Firebird / De Vuurvogel

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                    From 23 January through 26 June 2011 in the Groninger Museum: 'The Firebird'. Information: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/en/exhibition/firebird Van 23 januari 2011 tot en met 26 juni 2011 in het Groninger Museum: de tentoonstelling 'De Vuurvogel'. Meer informatie: http://www.groningermuseum.nl/tentoonstelling/de-vuurvogel Video by: Sije Kingma

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                    • Painting Canada. Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven in the Groninger Museum

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                      Painting Canada. Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven 30 June 2012 tot 30 September 2012 The exhibition Painting Canada - Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven provides an overview of the extraordinary work of the Group of Seven, an artists’ group that arose in Canada at the beginning of the twentieth century and disbanded in 1933. Their landscape paintings are considered among Canada’s most important cultural treasures, yet one that has never before been seen in the Netherlands. Compilation This exhibition has been organized by the Dulwich Picture Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Canada, in conjunction with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo) and the Groninger Museum. With the generous support of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario and other lenders. The exhibition has been made possible by support from: Head Sponsor: Shell Netherlands B.V. Sponsors: RBC Wealth Management, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, De Bijenkorf, Stichting Beringer Hazewinkel, Friends of the Groninger Museum, Government of Canada - Embassy of Canada Subsidy Providers: Municipality Groningen, Province Groningen Donor: BankGiro Loterij

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