‘Dutch Magic Realism: Past towards Contemporary’ will feature 71 paintings and sculptures from ING Bank’s collection jointly curated by MoA and ING Bank

Venue : Museum of Art, Seoul National University (MoA)

Exhibition Title : ‘Dutch Magic Realism: Past toward Contemporary’

Dates : 10 February – 12 April 2012


‘Dutch Magic Realism: Past towards Contemporary’ will feature 71 paintings and sculptures from ING Bank’s collection jointly curated by MoA and ING Bank.

SEOUL – The fortunes of Dutch Realism, one of the most interesting European art movements of the twentieth century, will be traced for the first time in Korea in an exhibition at Museum of Art, Seoul National University (MoA) from 10 February to 12 April 2012.

The 71 masterpieces are part of ING Bank’s collection in The Netherlands and will feature a range of art works from the fathers of Magic Realism, Carel Willink, Wim Schuhmacher and Dick Ket, to the recent, obsessive self-portraits of Philip Akkerman.

The exhibition is supported by the Dutch Embassy in Korea and curated by MoA’s Jinyee Oh, Senior Curator and ING Bank’s Sanne ten Brink, Senior Curator of ING Art Management in the Netherlands.

The show will trace 80 years of figurative art, from the stylistic developments of Dutch Realism, which began in the 1920s (the painting by Schuhmacher dedicated to St Giminiano is from 1926), through to the current century (the latest works are from 2008). An intensive analysis of the reality of vision and the illusion of space has interwoven Italian and Flemish art – though from different directions – since the Renaissance, profoundly affecting all subsequent European art. The exhibition shows how the contemporary has not yet exhausted all its possibilities but, on the contrary, is pregnant with the developments of every language: the means of understanding and gaining empirical knowledge. The various sections will essentially focus on portraits, still lifes and landscapes.

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