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Art from the sixties in Kunstmuseum

In the 1960s the world is rapidly becoming smaller. Thanks to the rapid economic growth in the West, dreams from the 1950s can be realized, resulting in prosperity for the masses. This sense of optimism is overshadowed by the constant threat of the Cold War. There is a growing realization that there are also major disadvantages to industrial growth and the increasing impact of the media.

In the 1960s, artists strive for a new art that expresses the rapidly changing times. An art that explores, stretches and breaks through boundaries. Sometimes literally, sometimes imaginary.
In his visionary models, Constant envisions a new design for the society of the future. Artists such as Jan Schoonhoven participate in high-profile ‘happenings’, a phenomenon in the art world that is also reflected in anarchist protest movements such as Provo.
There is plenty of involvement with what is happening in society and artists experiment with new materials and art forms. For example, one artist collects footprints from passers-by on the street (Stanley Brouwn) and the other invites us to actively participate in the creative process (Niki de Saint Phalle). Materials such as electric motors, metal, car paint and plastic are increasingly replacing traditional media.

Shikegi Kitani, 1967

Shigeki Kitani, 67-2, 1967
Collection Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Over a hundred works
The exhibition ‘Breaking Boundaries – Art of the 1960s’ in Kunstmuseum The Hague, shows this search for a new art through over a hundred works of art. The exhibition includes work by Jan Schoonhoven, Yayoi Kusama, Armando, Stanley Brouwn, Constant, Niki de Saint Phalle, Francis Bacon, Paul Thek and Dieter Roth.

The exhibition Breaking Boundaries – Art of the 1960s can be seen in Kunstmuseum The Hague until April 1, 2024. Address: Stadhouderslaan 41, The Hague (Netherlands).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve: open until 4pm.
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Last chance: ‘Marlene Dumas, Martha – my ouma’

There is much more to see in The Hague, but we would like to draw special attention to a presentation of a number of works by Marlene Dumas, that will run until January 29, 2024.

The museum shows Dumas’ works in relation to poems that she previously displayed partly in relation to her art. The focus is on the painting ‘Martha – my ouma’ from 1984, a new acquisition of the Kunstmuseum.
Several Marthas appear in the life of Marlene Dumas. ‘Martha – my ouma’ is painted after a 1970 photo of her grandmother ‘ouma Tottie’. In the painting we see a portrait and face of an old woman, with closed eyes and strongly accentuated neck folds. The work is part of a series of three Marthas. For example, in 1984 she paints ‘Martha – that servant’ and ‘Martha – Sigmund’s wife’.

Marlene Dumas, Martha – my ouma, 1984
Oil on canvas, 130 x 110 cm