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With an Inquisitive Gaze. Mannerist Painting from the National Museum in Warsaw

With an Inquisitive Gaze. Mannerist Painting from the National Museum in Warsaw

Time: 21.10.17–25.02.18  10:00–17:00
Location: Kadriorg Art Museum

A large-scale, international exhibition organised in collaboration with the National Museum in Warsaw brings almost 40 Mannerist paintings from Poland to the Kadriorg Art Museum. The central style trait of Mannerist art is artistry. Instead of an imitation of nature that is as objective as possible, the emphasis is on subjectivity and theatricality. The aesthetics of the art is closely related to the court culture of the time, which was interested in curiosities and erotica and cultivated elegant manners and a luxurious lifestyle. The bourgeois urban culture of the Netherlands provides a distinctive interpretation of Mannerism, by synthesising the new style and motifs with the local portrayal tradition that valued detailed depiction.

The rich collection of the National Museum in Warsaw provides a diverse and interesting selection of the Mannerist painting genre from the 16th– and 17th-century Netherlands, introducing this intriguing chapter in art history to the present-day audience.

The exhibition is accompanied by an impressive catalogue, international seminar (20.11.2017) and diverse public programme.

Curator: Greta Koppel

Jacob de Backer (?). The Last Judgement. Late 16th c. National Museum in Warsaw