Enfilade

Exhibition | Dutch Country Houses

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on August 15, 2012

As noted at Art Daily:

Fresh Air!: City Dwellers and Their Country Houses
Naar Buiten! – Stedelingen en hun Buitenplaatsen

Geelvinck Hinlopen House, Amsterdam, 11 July 2012 — 4 February 2013

Jan van der Heyden, Elswout House and Gardens , ca. 1660 (Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum)

Since the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, those, who could afford it, fled the malodour of the city during the summer months. In a time span of three centuries, over 6000 summer residences appeared all over the country and especially around Amsterdam. Today, some 10% of these historic houses for the summer still survive. This exhibition tells the story of these houses, why they came into existence, how the city dwellers spend their time during summer and how the once spectacular gardens and parks of these houses are maintained and reconstructed today.

The leading theme of the exhibition concerns the rich and influential bourgeoisie families who once lived in the city palace Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis. Their palatial country houses were exemplary. Many still exist and often the gardens can be visited. Important exhibits, such as a painting of the country house and gardens of Elswout by Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) on loan from the Frans Hals Museum, a huge painting of a city garden The Courtyard of the Proveniershuis (1735) by Vincent Laurensz van der Vinne II (1686-1742) on loan from the Rijksmuseum Twente and a large reverse glass painting of the country house of Soelen by Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814) on loan from the Amsterdam Museum, are on view. Connected to the exhibition is a new website, which stimulates visiting the gardens and parks of the country houses around Amsterdam, which are open for the public. . .

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  1. Frances and David White said, on August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Is there a catalogue of the objects in this exhibition? If so, is itavailable in English? Thanks. Frances White

    • Editor said, on August 17, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Dear Frances,

      It’s a good question, though I’ve not been able to find reference to an exhibition catalogue. Speculatively, I would expect there to be some kind of publication (if only a brochure), though since it doesn’t turn up online, I’m afraid even if it does exist, it may only be in Dutch. Interestingly, country houses in the Netherlands are receiving attention from other quarters, too. There is an entire foundation that’s been set up to promote 2012 in the Netherlands as the Jaar van de Historisches Buitenplaats (Year of the Historic Country House). Unfortunately, most of the website is available only in Dutch. The site, however, does include several recent publications.

      I would certainly welcome any additional information other readers might have.

      -Craig Hanson


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