London Champions Emerging Dutch Talent
The National Gallery is considered to house the finest collection of 17th century Dutch Art outside the Netherlands, including an important collection of Rembrandts as well as two late Vermeer’s “A Lady Standing at a Spinet” and “A Lady Seated at a Spinet”. This rich collection is largely due to King George IV’s admiration of art from this period, an admiration he shared with former British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Between them the pair had a remarkable collection which was acquired by the National Gallery after their deaths.
Another gallery worth noting is the Mansion House, which is where the Harold Samuel Collection of Dutch & Flemish 17th century paintings are housed. The collection has 84 pieces to its name and is arguably the best collection of Dutch art in Britain. Another little gem worth visiting is the Johnny Van Haeften private gallery in Mayfair. The big names in this collection include: Gerard Ter Borch, Salomon van Ruisdael and Jan Steen.
FOAM & Beaconsfield
FOAM, the Dutch museum and international photography magazine came to London back in April of this year to showcase the eclectic work of 21 up-and-coming young photographers of different nationalities at the Beaconsfield gallery in London.
Dutch photographer Sjoerd Knibbeler showcased his portfolio of work which centred on the theme of the intangible or those elements that cannot be captured on camera. His piece entitled “wind” shows a thick pane of coloured glass that has been suspended from the ceiling. He has managed to capture what appears to be a spiral in the centre of the pane.
“He captures the non-physical through his use of materials, and by talking to scientists, learning how to create small processes within a context of a studio,” says Kooiman. “I once visited him, and he showed me how he created these perfect images with vacuum cleaners and plastic bags,” explains curator, Mirjam Kooiman.