Women in art
02.09.2017 - 04.03.2018
Winckelweg 17a, 8071 DN, Nunspeet
Tucked away in the idyllic artists’ village of Nunspeet is the Noord-Veluws Museum. This museum is currently hosting the captivating exhibition Vrouwen, Uit de kunst! (Women, State of the art!), shining a bright light on the area’s rich female artistic community in the period between 1880 and 1950.
Set in the midst of the Dutch countryside, the scenic village of Nunspeet in 1880 was known to host an artist colony where painters and sculptors gathered to leave the city behind and re-connect with nature. “Artworks from that period show a heavy romanticisation of the simple life in the country,” explains curator Margot Jongedijk. Though it were first mainly male artists who have seemed to put their stamp on arts dating back to that time, soon the thriving of a rich female artistic community was proven. “For probable societal causes, the works of female artists were vastly overshadowed by those of their male colleagues – completely unjustifiable.”
Vrouwen, Uit de kunst! honours the lives and works of these women. The exhibition displays paintings and textile works of a wide variety of female artists, many of which truly lived their lives as artists and enjoyed education at academics of visual arts. Unique is the career of Kitty van der Mijl Dekker: after studying at the Bauhaus in Dessau, she launched her own hand weaving company in Nunspeet. Many women also painted alongside their husbands - Sientje Mesdag- van Houten is still one of the most influential Dutch female artists of her time.
The Noord-Veluws Museum also hosts a semi-permanent collection featuring 20 different artists and runs activities all year round.