Spot On! Zealand Portraits

01.04. - 01.07.2018


Marie tak van Poortvlietmuseum
Ooststraat 10a,  Domburg 


The Spring Exhibition 2018 of the MTVP Museum Domburg is devoted to Zealand portraits. SPOT-ON! stands for 'spot-on’ or ‘very well caught' and there is a certain ambiguity in 'Zealand portraits', used in the sense of portraits by or from people connected with Zealand or both; but portrait stands next to the literal meaning also for a case apart, for a special 'Zealander' thus. ‘Action’ portraits, animal portraits and group portraits may also come within the definition.


About 96 works are on show, among others by – in alphabetical order: George von Behrens, Lyndsay Bekouw, Onno Boerwinkel, Francisca Bongaerts-Verdonk, Lucie van Dam van Isselt, Kirill Datsouk, Daan van Doorn, Jo Dumon Tak, Mies Elout-Drabbe, Huub Gerretsen, Maurice Góth, Sárika Góth, Jean Gouweloos, Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig, Hendrik Haverman, Jan Heyse, Tie Hof, Wim Hofman, Krisztián Horváth, Willem van Konijnenburg, Jo Koster, Frank Leenhouts, Betsy van Manen, Loura van der Meule, Andrej Selenin, Charley Toorop, Jan Toorop, Lesser Ury and Otie van Vloten.



At the opening of the Spring Exhibition 2018 the MTVP Museum Domburg will receive five very special gifts: from Jan de Smet the oil Bild [Landschap met Boom], 1915, by Jacoba van Heemskerck. From Leo and Wendy van Os the pencil drawing Harpspeelster, 1920, by Jan Toorop, and from Mies Elout- Drabbe the gouache Domburgse Manteling, n.d. From Lokke and Tjalke Notermans-van der Meij the pencil drawing Vierwaldstättersee, [1909], by Jan Toorop, and finally from Krisztián Horváth, whose

Zealand oeuvre was presented in the museum in the Spring of 2017, his Compositie in paars nr. 15, 2006 .



At the end of the nineteenth century, Domburg made name as a simple international Spa town, with the major attraction of the doctor and physiotherapist Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909). After Mezger’s death and the First World War (1914-1918), the town slowly changed into a family seaside resort for the middle class. For a long time its history remained hidden, but from the 1980s onwards Domburg is chronicled as an old style artist colony. Of old, artists have roamed Walcheren, attracted as they were by the unspoiled beauty of the surroundings, the special light along the coast and its reflection on the country embraced by water. With a couple of Belgian painters such as Emile Claus, Euphrosine Beernaert and Camille Van Camp as forerunners round about 1870, the Artists’ Colony Domburg came into a first bloom about 1900, experienced its hey-day during the period of the well-known Domburgsche Tentoonstellingen (1911-1921) and lasted until the end of the 1920s. The Artists’ Colony Domburg came to a symbolic end when the ‘Kunstzaal' collapsed as a result of violent storms in the winter of 1921–1922.



The Museum is a replica of the old building and as an oasis of calm is located somewhat hidden in the Centre of the bathing resort. Since 1994, it houses the Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum Domburg. The museum organizes successful exhibitions twice a year on the participants in the old exhibitions, on contemporary artists who have ties with Zeeland and in addition, in the context of the mutual contacts between European Artists' Colonies, on other notable Colonies from the end of the 19th and the early 20th century. There are plans for a relocation of the Museum and a considerable expansion of the facilities, in combination with an international Documentation and Research Centre.

Site Plan Domburg