Press release: De Ploeg and post-war modernism in Groningen

24 juni 2011

From 26 June to 6 November 2011, the Groninger Museum will present 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.

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.

To mark this exhibition, a reprint of the Jong in Groningen. Kunst uit de periode 1945-1975. De keuze van Henk van Os, already available in the Museum shop, will be issued.

Ploeg Day
On Sunday 26 June 2011, the Groninger Museum will host a Ploeg Day for the 8th time. Many activities will be organized for visitors on that day, including lectures, valuations, and step-in guided tours. The Ploeg Yearbook 2010 will also be presented.

Note for the editor
For more information, please contact the Communications / PR department: Willemien Bouwers, telephone: +31 (0)50-3666 555.