Expected in 2017


A Global Table

23 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

The exhibition A Global Table, curated by Curatorial Fellow Abigail Winograd (Israël, 1983), takes place at both locations of the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem. Point of departure for this transhistorical exhibition in which old and new art is presented side by side, is the 17th century still life collection of the museum. A Global Table represents an alternative interpretation of these works. The still life is treated as a historic document. Which colonial and trade relationships do the food products depicted on the still lifes represent? What do they say about the growing overseas power of the Republic and what were the social and cultural consequences of this Dutch urge for expansion? Winograd combines resplendent foodstill lifes of the Golden Age with art works of contemporary artists who have an interest in globalisation and the practical effects this phenomenon has on daily life.


The Art of Laughter. Humour in the Golden Age

11 November 2017 – 18 March 2018

Rarely have there been more humoristic paintings produced than in the Dutch Golden Age. Prosperity and a new buyer public encouraged artists to devise a huge variety of visual jokes. Naughty children, silly farmers, foolish dandies and tipplers, quacks, matchmakers, lazy maidservants and merry ladies – they all performed in large numbers in the showpieces of the Golden Age. The humour caught in the art works must have been easy to recognise for contemporaries. But now, a couple of centuries later, the visual jokes are not always that easy to unravel. In the past 15 years in particular, much new research was done and we are starting to gain insight into the full width and depth of 17th century visual jokes. For the very first time, this exhibition shows an overview of humour in 17th century painting. The presentation encompasses approximately 60 showpieces from home and abroad by artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Gerrit van Honthorst and Judith Leyster.

And in 2018


Frans Hals and the Moderns

13 October 2018 – 10 February 2019

Late 19th century artists such as Edouard Manet, Max Liebermann, John Singer Sargent and Vincent van Gogh were swept away by the loose style and rough brush work of Frans Hals. The first exhibition dedicated to this subject, stages a dialogue between the paintings of the famous 17th century portraitist and the painterly reactions of artists that are just as famous but from a different Golden Age of painting. By placing the works of Frans Hals next to works and artists that were inspired by him, insight is gained into how modern Frans Hals was in their perception: “Frans Hals, c’est un moderne”.


  • Bank Giro Loterij
  • Mondriaanfonds
  • Haarlem