Museum Dr8888 Drachten Reviews
Avant-garde in Drachten Jan 14, 2012
Museum Dr8888 (or Museum Drachten) is a museum dedicated to art in and around the Drachten area. It is located in the city center and easily accessible by car and public transport.
The museum has its own collection of art, however, when I visited Museum Dr8888 in January of 2012, the entire museum was dedicated to an exposition called: "Thijs/Evert Rinsema - avant-garde in Drachten". It displayed the work of brothers Thijs and Evert who lived in Drachten their whole lives from the end of the 19th century to about halfway the 20th century. Thijs was a painter and drawer, and Evert was a writer. Both their skills were perfectly combined in this exposition, with accompanying text placed by the appropriate paintings.
I started in the auditorium where a documentary about the brothers was shown. It was recommended by the lady at the desk to watch the documentary first, as this gives complete background information fitting the exposition. It was a nice documentary, presented by the grandson of the brothers. He and the staff of the musuem are very involved in collecting, restoring and exposing the art work and books, and it could really be seen that they did this with a lot of care.
In a nutshell, Thijs Rinsema was a painter with a great interest in dadaism, abstract art and 'De Stijl'. He painted a lot of portraits, still lives, but also created paper collages, woodcuttings, flower bouquets and abstract figures. Although his work seemed a bit repetitive, he was open to a lot of differen styles, as I could see changes within his painting style: some paintings were black/white, other were full of color, some were realistic and some totally not.
Evert Rinsema was a writer who produced "full sentences" (volzinnen) about the ideas in life and how a person should be. Some nice quotes I saw from him were: "Most people are only admired in the crib", and "Little knowledge leads to a lot of irritation".
The exposition has opened my eyes and was really informative. I never showed a great interest in modernism and abstract art, but the exposition gave a really clear explanation as to why the artist painted what he painted and it has made me become more interested in this art style.
The exposition can be seen until March 18, 2012 and I certainly recommend it, not only to people interested in this art style, but also to people who would like to see other Dutch artists from the 20th century.
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