CLASS SOCIETY: Everyday Life as Seen by Dutch Masters

September 27 2021

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Picture: Hamburger Kunsthalle

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Hamburger Kunsthalle will be opening their latest exhibition on Dutch seventeenth century paintings in November. CLASS SOCIETY Everyday Life as Seen by Dutch Masters will include works by the likes of Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, David Teniers and include a modern response from artists Stefan Marx and Lars Eidinger.

According to the gallery's website:

With Class Society. Everyday Life as Seen by Dutch Masters, scheduled from 26 November 2021 to 27 March 2022, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is devoting a comprehensive show comprising some 150 works – paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and videos – to a chapter of an extremely multifaceted epoch of European art history. The exhibition is primarily based on the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s superb holdings of Dutch 17-th century paintings, which at the same time are the main emphasis of the museum’s Old Masters Collection and are meant to be acknowledged accordingly with this show. Another essential part of the presentation is dedicated to overarching aspects and, based on socio-cultural developments and political factors, it draws up a characteristic image of Dutch society in the 17th century that the selected artists seem to have portrayed in their paintings. 

Beyond this, the exhibition evaluates the representations on display according to socio-critical issues of the 21st century and thus links them to our own everyday reality. The art of the Old Masters, as well as the context it was created in, often appear far removed from current debate, as their original intention seemingly has nothing in common with the complex contexts and topics concerning our society today. The exhibition wants to break with these prejudices by discussing controversial theses. 

The show will run from 26th November 2021 - 27th March 2022.

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