Point of View at the Rijksmuseum

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have just opened a new exhibition exploring the theme of gender. Entitled Point of View, the show includes spotlights on new acquisitions including Gersinda Ter Borch's Portrait of Moses Ter Borch which was acquired by the museum earlier this year at TEFAF. Another of the leading images for the show is Jean-Laurent Mosnier's Portrait of Chevalier d’Éon (Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d' Éon de Beaumont) (pictured above), a copy of which was acquired by the NPG in London some years ago.

According to the museum's website:

These 150 paintings, prints, drawings, costumes, accessories, sculptures, photographs and furniture items from the Rijksmuseum collection show that gender is everywhere. See the 17th-century portraits in which all the children are wearing dresses. Discover how, in the 18th century, anybody who could afford it was wearing pink – as well as glitter, frills and floral patterns. Displayed together, these objects show that our ideas about masculinity, femininity and gender in its broadest sense are defined by their time and place.

Includes artworks by Gesina ter Borch, Marlene Dumas, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Kinke Kooi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Erwin Olaf, Maria Roosen, Charley Toorop and Sara Troost.

The exhibition will run until 1st September 2024.

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