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Extended: Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise
Extended: Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise Extended: Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise



Upper work: Jacqueline de Jong, Upstairs-Downstairs, 1985, City Hall, Gemeente Amsterdam. Lower work: Frans Hals, The Fisher Boy, 1632/33, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, lukasweb.be - Art in Flanders vzw, Photo: Hugo Maertens

Perri MacKenzie, Untitled, 2017. Photo: Iztok Klančar

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Hal

Curators

Melanie Bühler

Partners

Mondriaan Fund

Goethe-Institut Niederlande

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± 60 minutes

Frans Hals extended the representational conventions of portraiture. His paintings convey a painterly technique that was rougher, sketchier, and freer than that of his contemporaries. Indeed, Hals’ innovation does not only pertain to the style of his paintings but also concerns their content. His portraits display the important and wealthy members of society, for whom this form of representation had previously been reserved; but Hals also introduced new subjects in his paintings. With his innovative approach, he opened up the question of who can become the subject of portraiture and how they can be depicted. With Frans Hals, then, the notion of identity and its appropriate representation loosens up.

Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise brings together contemporary artworks that similarly play with and speculate on the notion of portraiture. Reviving Hals’ movements against the protocols of his time, the exhibition displays an image of the human in all its plurality and abundance, whose representational boundaries grow progressively noisier. By drawing on caricature, irony, and the grotesque, and by conjuring images both utopian and dystopian, these artists explore the formal, cultural, and political possibilities of portraiture in our time, marked by deepening inequalities and a return to forcefully demarcated identities.

Upper work: Jacqueline de Jong, Upstairs-Downstairs, 1985, City Hall, Gemeente Amsterdam. Lower work: Frans Hals, The Fisher Boy, 1632/33, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, lukasweb.be - Art in Flanders vzw, Photo: Hugo Maertens

With: Anna-Sophie Berger, Vittorio Brodmann, Xinyi Cheng, Stephan Dillemuth, Nicole Eisenman, Hamishi Farah, Justin John Greene, Ivy Haldeman, Tom Humphreys, Jacqueline De Jong, Özgür Kar, Kiki Kogelnik, Sarah Lucas, Perri MacKenzie, Alan Michael, Jill Mulleady, Simphiwe Ndzube, Josip Novosel, HC Playner, Pilvi Takala, Siebren Versteeg, Gillian Wearing

Perri MacKenzie, Untitled, 2017. Photo: Iztok Klančar

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