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Storms and Bright Skies: Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes

Storms and Bright Skies Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes

September 6 to November 17, 2013
Opening Reception September 6, 7-9pm
Lower Gallery

Both harbinger of danger and symbol of pride, the Dutch landscape and its typical motifs, such as the canals that criss-cross the country and the windmill, have been a source of infinite inspiration for the Dutch artists who have captured their essence and character over the centuries. Storms and Bright Skies: Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, explores the emergence of this landscape tradition in the early 17th century, its blossoming during the Golden Age, and its extension into the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the greatest Dutch artists, such as Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael and Rembrandt – represented in the exhibition with four of his famous etchings – brilliantly contributed to the rise of landscape as a full blown pictorial genre. These developments were to influence the course of art history in the Netherlands, which was a strong trading, military, scientific and artistic power.

Image Credit: Rembrandt van Rijn,The Windmill, 1641, Etching on cream laid paper, 14.7 x 20.7 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Gift in memory of Margaret Wade Labarge from her collection, 2010. Photo © NGC
Rembrandt van Rijn, Le moulin, 1641, Eau-forte sur papier vergé crème, 14.7 x 20.7 cm, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Don à la mémoire de Margaret Wade Labarge de sa collection, 2010. Photo © MBAC

Organized by The National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada

Burnaby Art Gallery exhibitions and public programs are admission by donation. Suggested admission to these special exhibitions is $10

Public Programming 

Culture Days in Canada
Saturday, September 28, 2pm: Guided tour with Assistant Curator, Jennifer Cane
Enjoy a free guided tour the of the exhibitions,
Storms and Bright Skies: Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes, organized by the National Gallery of Canada and Inner Realms: Dutch Portraits, on loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 
Saturday, September 28, 7-9pm: Dutch Films in the Sky
At Civic Square, Bob Prittie Library (Metrotown)
Enjoy an evening outdoors as we screen Alexander Korda's 1936 biographic film about Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, and Michael Dudok de Wit's 2000 Oscar winning animated short film, Father and Daughter.

Speaker Series
Saturday, September 14, 3pm:
Reflections of Holland: Artists and Landscapes near the Hague 
Art Historian, Paula Swart 

Focusing on the 17-19th century Dutch artists, who lived in or near the city of The Hague, center of court and government. Genius of place is often cited as a crucial factor in the creative process and artistic development of an artist. What was the role of the city of The Hague, and its immediate environment, in attracting artists and nourishing creative relationships?

Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, Paula studied at the University of Leiden and Amsterdam. Paula holds degrees in Sinology, Art History, History, and Archaeology. While studying in Amsterdam, she participated in the Witte Leeuw (White Lion) project studying the Chinese ceramics found in an early 17th century Dutch East India Company shipwreck. She speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. Paula has researched and lectured on Dutch trade and exploration, and has a special interest in 17th century Dutch still life paintings.

Saturday, October 5, 3pm: Splendid Sights, Familiar Sites: Rembrandt van Rijn and Dutch Landscape Prints
Krystel Chehab, MA, UBC (AHVA), PhD Candidate
This lecture looks at the rise of the landscape tradition in the vibrant artistic context of the Dutch Republic. Rembrandt van Rijn and his fellow seventeenth-century artists created extraordinary etched and engraved prints that portrayed a variety of natural and architectural sites in the Dutch countryside. Landscape prints reveal the importance attributed to these various sites while they invite viewers to admire the printmaker’s display of artistry.

Saturday, October 19, 3pm: The Landscape of Current Dutch Printmaking 
Saskia Jetten, Contemporary Dutch Artist
Landscapes influence the atmosphere and mentality of its inhabitants. Originally from the Netherlands, I carry that landscape with me as a characteristic. As a printmaker I’m exploring the graphical landscape of my new country, BC, with its differences and similarities. I do that with my experience of about 20 years in the Netherlands as an artist and art instructor/educator.

Saskia Jetten is a contemporary Dutch printmaker who has recently immigrated to Canada and now resides in the Fraser Valley, where she operates a print studio.  Jetten works in a wide variety of media including graphite, woodcut, and stone lithography, as well as materials such as silks and ceramics. Her work touches on themes related to theatre, identity, and inter-personal relationships, and she often uses the face (or the mask) as a starting point for an artwork.  Continually pushing the boundaries of printmaking, Jetten has exhibited widely in both Europe and Canada, and has received numerous prizes, most notably the ‘Grafiek Nu 10’ Dutch Printmaking Award.  In 2012 she was the recipient of the Alain Piroir Studio Residency Prize in Montreal, Quebec, as well as the International Contemporary Print Biennale in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Her work can be viewed at saskiajetten.com.

Gallery Tours
Saturday, October 5, 12noon-1pm: Mandarin Tour lead by Dong Yue Su
Enjoy a Mandarin lead gallery tour of both exhibitions, Storms and Bright Skies: Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes, organized by the National Gallery of Canada and Inner Realms: Dutch Portraits, on loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

In the B.A.G. Family Programs
Sunday, September 15, 1-4pm: Ink Landscapes
Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm: Contrast Portraits
Join us for an interactive experience that combines the current gallery exhibit with a free, hands-on studio activity starting every half hour from 1-4 p.m. No registration required, all ages welcome. In the B.A.G. is supported by donations to the Burnaby Art Gallery.

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