Holland Art Cities
Rotterdam - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
A vibrant, modern international city on the banks of the Meuse River, Rotterdam boasts a dynamic centre of art and culture in the shape of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
The museum houses a world-class collection of many masters such as Breughel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Monet, Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh, Appel and De Kooning, and places a strong emphasis on the journey art has taken from the middle ages through to today's innovative and challenging contemporary pieces and installations.
Currently showing (until 17 October 2010) is the monumental installation Notion Motion (2005) by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Best known in the UK for The Weather Project - which saw the installation of a giant sun in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2003 - Eliasson uses his work to explore notions of perception and sensory experience, or as he has put it himself, "seeing yourself sensing".
Notion Motion was developed specially for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and is a simple yet overwhelming visual experience created by the interplay of light and water, which is influenced by both the perception, and participation of the viewer.
A short Aqualiner hop across the Meuse finds the Netherlands' largest exhibition space at Submarine Wharf, where Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen are hosting Infernopolis, a collection of work by Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL).
AVL - a company that was established by Rotterdam-based artist Joep van Lieshout, are exhibiting often sinister and terrifying installations and sculptures, which address issues of autonomy, self-sufficancy, power and the economy.
Flayed bodies, giant human organs, models of extreme farming and wasteless recycling join figures of violence, war and oppression to form a challenging and disturbing, yet highly engrossing and thought-provoking collection.
The Hague - Mauritshuis
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is situated in the magnificent historical heart of The Hague, and houses one of the oldest collections of paintings in Holland.
The museum boasts some 800 paintings and 50 miniatures, along with sculptures, drawings and prints - including works by Dutch masters such Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
There is a wealth of world class artworks drawn from the Royal collection, but pride of place must however go to Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring, which attracts thousands of admirers every year.
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