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Thursday, 27 April 2023

Born on this day: Claude Gillot (1673-1722)

Dear reader,

It is that time of the month again; we present to you the April News Corner filled with refreshing exhibits and wonderful opportunities!


#TheHague The Meermanno House of The Book in The Hague just opened the exhibit Flora Batava, focusing on the Flora Batava-book series, with hand coloured engravings en lithographs. This series was the first inventory of wild plants in the Netherlands.

#Valkenswaard On view in the Dutch Museum of Lithography, Valkenswaard: The Toorop Line. The Toorop artist dynasty, consisting of Jan Toorop, his daughter Charley Toorop and grandson Edgar Fernhout, covers almost a hundred years of art history. With their individuality they leave an important mark on Dutch art history. Until 9 July.

#Amsterdam On view until 6 August in the Amsterdam City Archives: Amsterdam on Fire. The Inventions of Jan van der Heyden (1637–1712). Jan van der Heyden is known worldwide as a painter of exceptional cityscapes. But this talented seventeenth-century artist was also an important inventor and entrepreneur. He visualized his inventions—the improved fire pump and modern city lighting—in beautifully detailed drawings and prints.

#Amsterdam Peek over the shoulders of Rembrandt and his contemporaries: 74 drawings by Rembrandt, Bol, Maes, and others at The Rembrandt House Museum. The exhibition 'The Art of Drawing' runs from 18 March to 11 June 2023 at The Rembrandt House Museum.

#Amsterdam At the Allard Pierson museum in Amsterdam you can go see the exhibit 'Maps Unfolded' which takes you through seven centuries of maps and atlases, dating from 15th-century drawings to the maps of the future. On show until 16 July.

#Berlin On view until 11 June in Berlin's Kupferstichkabinett: Clear to Cloudy. Weather Phenomena in Dutch Prints and Drawings. This small thematic exhibition presents 25 Dutch prints and drawings of the 17th and 18th centuries from the rich holdings of the Kupferstichkabinett. The focus is on intensive observation of nature and curiosity about the external appearance of things.

#Vienna The exhibition 'Bruegel and his time' at the Albertina Museum presents a selection of some 90 works from the museum’s own holdings that exemplify this incomparable flourishing of drawing practices. Alongside famed masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and outstanding drawings by artists such as Jan de Beer, Maarten van Heemskerck or Hendrick Goltzius, several newly restored works will be presented to a broader public. On show until 24 May.

#Geneva On view in the Museum of Art and History in Geneva until 28 May: Gravure en clair-obscur, devoted to the chiaroscuro technique of woodcutting, originating in Germany in the early 16th century. In the following century, the technique spread quickly across Europe. In Italy especially it was practiced with great sophistication.

#Milan At the Palazzo Reale the exhibit on Helmut Newton can be seen until 25 June.

#Chicago On March 2 the new exhibition opened at the Newberry Library: 'Pop-Up Books through the Ages explores the extensive history of interactive texts. Since the 1400s, readers have been lifting flaps, spinning dials, and opening elaborate three-dimensional spreads in the pages of books. You can go see this extraordinary exhibit until July 15th.

#Minneapolis In the Minnesota Center for Book Arts: Paper Is People: Decolonizing Global Paper Cultures. Co-curated by Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer, the exhibition