RKD Netherland Institute for art History
As part of the Dutch cultural festival ’Oh! Pays-Bas’ (2017-2018) taking place in France, the Musée de Montmartre in Paris, in collaboration with the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, is dedicating an exhibition to the Dutch painter Kees van Dongen (1877-1968). The exhibition, entitled Van Dongen & le Bateau-Lavoir, runs from 16 February to 9 September 2018.
The legendary studio building ‘Le Bateau-Lavoir’ on the Place Emile Goudeau, a stone’s throw away from the present-day Musée de Montmartre, became known primarily through Picasso, who painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon there in 1907. At the start of the twentieth century the building was the epicentre of modern art, where artists such as Picasso, Derain, De Vlaminck, Matisse and numerous others congregated. The freedom, independence and revolutionary spirit of Montmartre also attracted Kees van Dongen, who rented a studio in the Bateau-Lavoir from late 1905 to early 1907.
The exhibition follows a chronological path and shows how vitally important Van Dongen’s brief residence at this famous building was for his career. The show brings together more than sixty works by the artist from museums and private collectors in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Monaco. In addition to over thirty oil paintings on canvas, there is a selection of drawings and photographs from the collection of the Vieux Montmartre Society and a suite of lithographs published in 1949 in the book Au beau temps de la Butte by Roland Dorgelès. To illustrate their special friendship with Van Dongen, the exhibition also includes a few works by Otto van Rees and Adya Dutilh, painted during their time together at Bateau-Lavoir.
The exhibition at the Musée de Montmartre has been organised in close collaboration with Anita Hopmans, Senior Programme Manager for (Museum) Research at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, who is an expert on the work of Kees van Dongen. For this event the Musée de Montmartre has teamed up with the Petit Palais, where you can currently see the exhibition Les Hollandais à Paris, which has also come about in close collaboration with the RKD.