The Frans Hals Museum bears the name of Haarlem’s most famous artist, but the museum is more than Frans Hals. The collection includes works by a great many other 16th and 17th century artists. In the rehang of the collection Haarlem Heroes: Other Masters, the Frans Hals Museum is showcasing these ‘heroes’ from its own collection: Hendrick Goltzius, Karel van Mander, Jan Porcellis, Salomon van Ruysdael, Nicolaes Berchem and many more.
Haarlem Heroes: Other Masters is a distinctive, contemporary presentation of the work of 16th and 17th century old masters. Based on topical themes such as gender, religion and background, it explores why artists can sometimes be ‘in’ and sometimes ‘out’.
Which artist had celebrity status and is now less well-known? What were or are the reasons for these artists’ success? What role did their origins or social status play? And what is the role of the museum and its visitors? In short, who decides whether something is ‘In’ or ‘Out’?
The Frans Hals Museum adds modern and contemporary accents with work by such artists as Tracey Emin, Céline van Balen, Barbara Visser and Guido van der Werve. By creating a transhistorical relationship between contemporary works from the collection and the old masters, the museum challenges its visitors to look differently so that they see more.