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Fondation Custodia
E-news #12
September 2019
‘Future collection’ was the intriguing heading of an email from the archaeologist, art historian and collector Jan Willem Salomonson (1925-2017), which I received a couple of summers ago.
A Dutch Impressionist
Exhibition from 21 September to 15 December 2019
In January this year, the Dordrechts Museum in the Netherlands announced the acquisition of a self-portrait by the artist Willem Bastiaan Tholen. The painting occupies a singular position in the work of the artist because, quite unusually, we see him in the open air, painting in a forest.
Works on Paper
Exhibition from 21 September to 15 December 2019
Concurrently with the exhibition dedicated to Willem Bastiaan Tholen, the Fondation Custodia shows more than one hundred works on paper of the Swiss artist Gérard de Palézieux (1919-2012).
Raphael Sadeler I, Cornelis Schut, James Tissot, Henri Zuber, ...
Two paintings recently acquired by the Fondation Custodia, by François Bonvin (1817–1887) and Willem van Mieris (1662–1747)—each striking in its own right—unexpectedly share a common thread that reminds us, once again, of the unusual peregrinations works of art can take during their long histories.
The digitisation of the collection of letters and manuscripts in the Fondation Custodia has allowed us to take stock of some very fine groups of materials which had been stored just as they were since the time of their acquisition in 2012. Tucked away in four very inconspicuous archive boxes was part of the correspondence of Théophile Thoré-Bürger (1807-1869).
As well as numerous prints on loose sheets, the Frits Lugt Collection also includes a small nucleus of well-stocked volumes of bound prints. Some of these volumes are still in their original binding, and some also present clues to the identity of the collector to whom they belonged in the past.
The Fondation Custodia is often conspicuous elsewhere in the world because of the loans we are happy to provide for exhibitions. Every year, dozens of works from the collection travel to museums on both sides of the Atlantic to feature in new temporary contexts that sometimes produce surprising perspectives for visitors as well as for the Fondation staff.
For the past three years, in the first academic term of the year, the library of the Fondation Custodia has welcomed undergraduate students from the Paris University Panthéon-Sorbonne.
For its September 2019 issue, Dutch journal Kunstschrift asked the director of the Fondation Custodia about his favorite exhibitions.
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