Graphic works by Edvard Munch, Francisco Goya and Félicien Rops in a new museum
Stichting De Reede exhibits permanent collection of famous artists from autumn 2016
ANTWERP – The new Museum De Reede in Antwerp, which will open its doors in the autumn of 2016, will exhibit graphic art by the world renowned artists Edvard Munch, Francisco Goya and Félicien Rops.
The initiator is a foundation of the same name, Stichting De Reede. It is the first time that such an extensive collection of more than 150 works by the three artists has been exhibited together. For this reason the new museum expects a large number of visitors from Belgium and abroad.
The permanent collection of the foundation has hundreds of works by the Spanish painter and engraver Francisco Goya (1746-1828), some of which are from Los Caprichos, a series of aquatint-etchings he made between 1746 and 1798 and which were published together as an album in 1799. Los Caprichos was meant as an artistic experiment via which Goya intended to portray the universal folly to be found in much of Spanish society. In addition to this, the collection holds the majority of works from the Los Disparates series, which Goya made between 1815 and 1823, and five works about bullfights from the La Tauromaquia series, published in 1816. The foundation also owns a significant quantity of works, mainly lithographs, by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944). His work shows a modern individual struggling with existence. With his expressive creations Munch opened the path to modernity and to the twentieth century. Together with Ensor he is considered one of the forerunners of Expressionism in Europe. The foundation owns over thirty works by the Belgian graphic artist, painter and caricaturist Félicien Rops (1833-1898). Rops was the most unconventional and admired illustrator of his time. The collection particularly demonstrates his erotic and anti-clerical creations.
The works of Rops and Munch were previously shown together during the ‘Man/Woman’ exhibition which travelled from Brussels to Korea and Norway and collectively attracted around 100,000 visitors.
Stichting De Reede was established on 24 February 2016 and is based in Antwerp. The most important aim of the foundation is to establish a museum dedicated to graphic art: Museum De Reede. To this end a property was bought on the Ernest van Dijckkaai 7 in Antwerp – next to the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum – which will be adapted and renovated during the coming months. The museum will open its doors in the autumn.
For more information please contact Harry Rutten, board member of Stichting De Reede; tel: +32 (0)472 190200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A press conference will be held in the future museum on Tuesday 14 June at 10.30am under the auspices of the city Antwerp, in the presence of Mayor Bart de Wever and Alderman Philip Heylen. Journalists are cordially invited.