De Ploeg and post-war modernism in Groningen

Map of Art and Surroundings

24 June 2011 to 06 November 2011

From 26 June to 6 November 2011, the Groninger Museum presents the exhibition entitled Map of Art and Surroundings. De Ploeg and Post-war Modernism. The De Ploeg collection is one of the highlights of the Groninger Museum. A number of Groningen artists, including Jan Wiegers, Johan Dijkstra and Jan Altink took the initiative to found this artists’ association in 1918.

  • H.N. Werkman. Plattegrond van Kunst en Omstreken
  • Jan Altink, Red Farm, 1924
  • Henri de Wolf, Exposition, 1969

De Ploeg was responsible for a style of painting that was largely indebted to German Expressionism. Especially the works from the 1920s and ‘30s have become of great national significance exactly because of this German Expressionism. After the Second World War, Groningen was again a breeding ground for original talent. Map of Art and surroundings visually charts the continuous categorization and differentiation with regard to the Ploeg Collection. The ongoing line is evident here. Ploeg artists from the early days again play a role, due to the stimulating influence on the younger generation as well as the renewal of their own work.

The Map of Art and surroundings exhibition largely consists of works that have already been lent to the Groningen Museum by the De Ploeg Foundation and the Centre for Art in Groningen. The exhibition displays work by Jan Altink, Jan Wiegers, Johan Dijkstra, Alida Pott, George Martens, Job Hansen, Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, Jan Gerrit Jordens, Jan van der Zee, Wobbe Alkema, Siep van den Berg, Jo van Dijk, Edu Waskowsky, Martin Tissing, Henri de Wolf, Marten Klompien and Fie Werkman.