Groninger Museum poised to reopen with a bang
Although the Groninger Museum unfortunately remains closed, new exhibitions are in the starting blocks. As soon as the museum is allowed to reopen, we’ll kick off the Netherlands’ first Children’s Biennale, an interactive show put together by and for kids that features work by an international group of artists. And later in the year we’ll present JR: Chronicles, the first museum survey of the French artist’s work.
With her refined watercolours, lively landscapes and striking portraits, the Groningen artist Alida Pott (1888–1931) was one of the most talented members De Ploeg ever had. She was also the first “lady member” of the local artists’ collective. Pott left behind a relatively small oeuvre of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and collages. The 30 works in Alida Pott showcase the expressiveness and individuality that characterise her style.
The Children's Biennale
The Children’s Biennale is a major interactive exhibition of art put together by kids for everybody. Every work challenges you to participate, explore, or change something. Wander through Bert Schoeren’s Quaking Bamboo Forest or Singaporean Donna Ong’s dreamlike paper landscape. Or make a huge composition out of selfies in the artist duo Nou&Herkauw’s installation. The Groninger Museum is working with 30 child ambassadors from around the region. Because kids know what's fun! Follow the Children's Biennale on Instagram at #kinderbiennalegm or see the exhibition website for more information kinderbiennalegroningen.nl
The Show Must Go On
18-6 through 3-10-2021
Take a voyage of discovery through this selection of photographs, graphic works and paintings from the museum’s collection. Works of art old and new are combined in playful ways. Baroque portraits of Groningen’s 18th-century Sichterman family sit alongside contemporary fashion portraits by Inez van Lamsweerde. Prints by H.N. Werkman mingle with graphic work by Andy Warhol. There are a 17th-century still life and a romantic landscape by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek plus notable works by contemporary artists like Jeff Koons, Andres Serrano and Erwin Olaf. In short, it’s a mix-and-match selection of works from the Groninger Museum’s collection as you've never seen them before.
11-2021 through 12-6-2022
The first major museum exhibition of the work of the French artist JR encompasses murals, films and countless photographs. It provides an overview of his career so far, from documentation of graffiti artists he produced as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale interventions in cities worldwide to his recent digitally collaged murals that serve as collective portraits of diverse publics. This show is curated by the Brooklyn Museum in New York. For the occasion, the Groninger Museum will work with graffiti and street artists to create a series of portraits of local residents inside and outside the building. Part of the museum’s substantial street art collection will also be on display.