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20 June - June 2020

Museum De Lakenhal presents Jan Wolkers

In the past year, the collection of Museum De Lakenhal has been supplemented with 17 works of art by Jan Wolkers. This year, for the first time, a large selection of 11 works will be shown in the hallways of the Papevleugel. They will show the development of Wolkers as an artist step by step.

In the 1950s, Wolkers started with naturalistic images. In the early 1960s, he chose a more abstract path – initially with heavy and dark paintings. In the course of the 1960s, they became more playful assemblages in which natural or industrial materials were included. In the hall around the stairwell, his final ‘light’ paintings are given full attention. For these works, which are constructed from small brushstrokes, he was inspired by the colours of nature on Texel. In Wolkers’ work, you can recognise the spirit of the various decades and see how he gives a special interpretation to each period of time.

During the ‘Waanzinnige Wolkers Week’ (Wild Wolkers Week) in the last week of September, from Tuesday till Friday a guided tour of Wolkers’ works will be given. Of course, the way in which the personal life of the artist and his work as a sculptor, painter and writer are intertwined receives ample attention. In addition, the museum has works by Lucas van Leyden, Jan van Goyen, Rembrandt van Rijn and Floris Verster, and the impression they made on the young artist in his Leiden period becomes clear.