Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius
During the Jheronimus Bosch Year, attention will be paid to contemporary artists as part of the Bosch Grand Tour, an extensive exhibition programme resulting from a unique collaboration between the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, De Pont museum in Tilburg, MOTI Museum of the Image in Breda, Natuurmuseum Brabant in Tilburg, Het Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.
In 2016, Het Noordbrabants Museum will be presenting the major retrospective ‘Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius’. His masterpieces will be shown in the city where they were made.
Under the name Bosch Grand Tour presenting seven leading Brabantse museums contemporary exhibition program alongside the exhibition Hieronymus Bosch, visions of a Genius (13 February – May 8, 2016) in the North Brabant Museum. All the occasion of the 500th year of death of Hieronymus Bosch (Hieronymus Bosch).
The Museum Quarter ‘s-Hertogenbosch
During the exhibition Hieronymus Bosch, visions of a genius in the Noordbrabants Museum makes a visit to the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch part of the ticket. You will visit the two museums under one roof: the Museum Quarter ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
We managed to get tickets. Friday at 15 hrs we were welcomed. It was stated that 1.5 hours was enough to see everything. For us it was really too short. The drawings and the digital information, such as viewing details, movies, etc. there was not enough time for us. We had to confine ourselves to the paintings. But what aextraordinary paintings! Beautiful colours! Sublime imagination. And everything very detailed. These are visual books, for people who could not read nor write. (At that time, the late Middle Ages, it was common). A lust for the eye. Beautiful and terrible at the same time. It really was a visit to a genius. The Brabants Museum says: Hieronymus Bosch, visions of a genius.
The exhibition itself is a lust for the eyes. I think the Dutch museums are very good at presenting art. Nice and sober colored walls, very well illuminated. Lots of information in any form. Audio tour, film and video presentations, and of course the information written on the wall and through a booklet in which each exhibited piece is treated.
First of course we drank coffee and tea in the museum restaurant with an original Bossche Bol from baker Jan de Groot. Then we visited The Fish Pond Song by Jeroen Kooijmans. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and the world since 9/11. This monumental video installation can be seen in the Stedelijk Museum ‘s Hertogenbosch. During the period February 13 t / m 8 May, this exhibition only to visit with a ticket for the Jheronimus Bosch exhibition.
The Fish Pond Song is sung in an imaginary war in three chapters. No clatter but a layered narrative full of human fears, dreams and desires. War is an abstract reality here; It is the evil that lurks, the madness in the head, a quest filled with confusion and danger, with hope of deliverance and redemption.
The video installation fills the entire first floor of the Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Visitors make a trip here by an imaginary world, past scenes from a surreal story, and while listening to ‘the song of the fish pond’, a contribution from Tommy Wieringa.
Read about The Fish Pond Song on http://www.sm-s.nl/exhibitions/detail/230/the-fish-pond-song
We can look back on a great and beautiful day. Despite problems with the train. Due to a collision with a person (so called by NS = the Dutch Railways) we could not drive to Den Bosch via Utrecht. Caused by a particularly tragic reason. We now had to rail over the Arnhem-Nijmegen connection. A considerable detour, but we got in Den Bosch (= ’s-Hertogenbosch).
Of course we ended this day with a delicious dinner. You know me by now. I love the combination of art and life.
Do you want to know more about Hieronymus Bosch? Visit also the blog by Kees van den Oord, a historian and expert on the local history of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and surroundings. He also delved into the history of Hieronymus Bosch. To bring every culture enthusiast knowledge of this medieval painter, his work and the time in which he lived, van den Oord writes a weekly blog on this. In Dutch and in English, see above on his site in the right corner. Click on this link: https://www.bosch500.nl/nl/jheronimus-bosch/blog-de-hooiwagen