8-9 January 2023 – Haarlem, Philharmonie / Frans Hals Museum
Frans Hals is rightfully considered one of the most important Dutch painters of the seventeenth century. His virtuoso brushwork, already admired in his own day, has been acclaimed by painters and connoisseurs since the mid-nineteenth century. The spontaneity of his portraits, in which his sitters seem hardly to pose at all, continues to attract museum visitors and collectors to this day.
To celebrate the artist, London’s National Gallery will host a major retrospective in the autumn of 2023, which will move to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in early 2024, in collaboration with the Frans Hals Museum. In preparation for this gathering of masterpieces, the Frans Hals Museum will host a symposium on Frans Hals in Haarlem on 8 (morning and afternoon) and 9 (morning) January 2023, for art historians and other professionals.
Christopher Atkins, John Bezold, Pieter Biesboer, Claus Grimm, Frans Grijzenhout, Koos Levy and Anna Tummers will be among the specialists and scholars presenting papers on various topics. All talks will be in English. Subjects will include the definition of Hals’s oeuvre, recent insights into his clientele, physical aspects of his paintings, as well as the artist’s past and present reputation and relevance.
Day two of the symposium will take place at the Frans Hals Museum, which will open exclusively for participants. Guests are invited to view our current exhibitions – Newcomers: Flemish artists in Haarlem 1580-1630 and Frans Hals: All civic guard paintings – which feature an additional eight Hals paintings alongside the fifteen on permanent display in the museum. The presentations will be followed by an opportunity to discuss various topics in front of the actual paintings.
A detailed program will follow in the second week of December.
Price: € 50 (students: € 25)
To subscribe, press https://www.franshalsmuseum.nl
Maximum number of participants: 100
Tickets are provided on a first come first served basis and upon payment