Projects — March 21, 2018

Laurence Aëgerter part of exhibition Rendez-Vous met Frans Hals

To celebrate the opening of the renovated Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, the exhibition Rendez-Vous met Frans Hals is on show. This exhibition shows personal interpretations of contemporary artists and art connoisseurs on original and imaginary paintings of Frans Hals. Also the work Elasticity of Presence of Laurence Aëgerter is on display as part of a group show.

In Elasticity of Presence Laurence Aëgerter tells the story of the separation of two important pendant portraits by Frans Hals. In 1644, the year of their wedding, Frans Hals painted pendant portraits of Steven Geraerts and Isabella Coymans. Not only are these two paintings complementary, they also reinforce each other because of the portrayed strong mutual commitment. The two pieces were parted from each other. The portrait of Steven was sold to the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and that of Isabella to a private collector, Alphonse de Rothschild in France. Since that time, the two portraits have led separate lives.

In the Huis met de Hoofden in Amsterdam, where they have probably met more than 350 years ago, the history of Steven and Isabella is rewritten and the magnetic power of attraction existing between them is perceptible once again. Three in-situ installations are connected with each other at various levels. As you move through the house, a narrative unfolds that brings the past very close.

The exhibition is on display from 30 March until 16 September in Frans Hals Museum, and in De Hallen Haarlem until 30 September.

Galeotto (The Matchmaker). A page opening from The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama with 23 horsehair strings in the centre, one for each year since the two last met at an exhibition in 1990.