European Art Association, Berlin

Vermeer Contemporary (with Madeleine Boschan)

25.08.2023 - 23.09.2023

Johannes Vermeer is the great unknown of Dutch painting. In his painting, he brought the invisible to light through the visible. The old master achieved an immediacy in the depiction of his protagonists that was unusual for the time and thus became a role model for a young contemporary generation of painters.
Jan Vermeer (c. 1632-1675) was last shown in Germany in the large Dresden exhibition “Vom Innehalten” (until January 2022) in the Gemäldegalerie der Alten Meister in the Zwinger with around a quarter of his known complete oeuvre, before the world’s largest ever complete show of the painter in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum (until June 2023) recently showed 28 of a total of 37 known paintings by the painter, who died at an early age of 43. The contemporary exhibition taking place in Berlin’s Mitte is dedicated to the complete oeuvre. For the first time, it offers a look at all of the artist’s motifs in adaptations, reinterpretations and arrangements. The exhibition offers the entire spectrum of art: painting, assemblage, photography, video art, installation, sculpture, drawing and AI art.
The current important museum exhibitions in Dresden and Amsterdam have become the starting point for the Europäische Kunstverein for a juxtaposition with famous works such as “Maid with Milk Jug” (1658/60), “Letter Writer and Maid” (1670) or “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” (1665) by internationally renowned contemporary artists who seek to engage with the paintings of the Dutch master in their work. These include Thomas Zipp, Jorinde Voigt, Armin Boehm, Anna Bogouchevskaia, Madeleine Boschan, Adam Bota, Thorsten Brinkmann, Simone Haack, Eckart Hahn, Bettina Hauke, Verena Issel, Justine Otto, Franziska Reinbothe, Erik Schmidt, Joanna Skurska, Leszek Skurski, Lubomir Typlt and Timm Ulrichs.