South-Africa-exhibition in the Rijksmuseum attracts 120.000 visitors

South-Africa-exhibition in the Rijksmuseum attracts 120.000 visitors

The exhibition Good Hope. South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600 in the Rijksmuseum has more than 120,000 visitors, drawn.

Sunday 21 may, the exhibition was the last to see.

The Rijksmuseum presented here for the first time a major exhibition on the relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands. The exhibition made a lot of reactions, both in the press and by visitors. More from scientific circles there was criticism.

So there would be too few black South African curators are attracted to and would give the exhibition too much on the past. “The exhibition made many reactions, both in the press and among visitors”, says also the Rijksmuseum itself.

At the presentation in February, said museum director Taco Dibbits: “The exhibition shows the beautiful and less beautiful sides of the relationship between the Netherlands and South Africa.”

Contemporary artists

As a result of the exhibition was acquired by the Rijksmuseum amsterdam the work of three contemporary artists who each in their own way, different perspectives on this history.

So acquired by the Rijksmuseum is a work of art by South African artist Simangaliso Sibiya. Invited by the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam he made the artwork Reflex your hope, inspired by the exhibition Good Hope.

Marlene Dumas

The South-African photographer Pieter Hugo gave a number of the photos from the series in 1994 and through a private donor received the Rijksmuseum six watercolours of Marlene Dumas. Both the photos as the watercolours had been part of the Good Hope exhibition.

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