Last evening we got the change by special invitation of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam to pre-view and photograph two new exhibitions of Frans Post & Hercules Zegers, opening its doors in a few days from 7 October to 8 January 2017.  It turned out to be a magical evening, not only because of both artists’ incredible work but the way it’s curated and diplayed in this exhibition really makes you step into a magical world of wonder.


FRANS POST – Animals in Brazil

The 17th-century artist from Haarlem—who worked in Brazil between 1637 and 1644 in the entourage of Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, governor of the Dutch colony there—is famous for the paintings of Brazilian landscapes that he produced after his return to the Netherlands. That the native flora and fauna depicted in these paintings must have been based on original drawings made in Brazil was always suspected. Until now, however, not a single animal or plant study from his hand was known. Alexander de Bruin, curator of the image collection of the Noord-Hollands Archief, stumbled, to his utter amazement, upon the unrecognized studies. These drawings, together with a selection of related paintings and corresponding stuffed specimens of the South American animals, lent by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, are to be seen in a wonderful mix that makes this exhibition a must-visit this autumn.

Exhibition: – Frans Post, Animals in Brazil –  runs from 7 October 2016 to 8 January 2017 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

All images by Hilde van Gerwen – SPONS vormgevers

A brand new morning…

My favorite morning ritual after a long cold walk through the countryside,  is sipping a cup of tea in the company of a good book. This morning it’s the book ‘Ode to a building’ in which the 10 year long restauration of the Rijksmuseum was carefully traced by the photographer, returning every day to document the changes. She watched the undressing, the naked skin and the old lady reapplying her make-up. Her photographs show the magic of the building, even before it had one piece of art in it…

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Book: Rijksmuseum Publisher:NA010 publishers ISBN:978-94-6208-071-3

All images by Hilde van Gerwen SPONS VORMGEVERS