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Introduction: Aad de Haas - against the grain / lecture by Bart Jan de Graaf

Schunck Glass Palace, Auditorium (+5)

30-09-2020 van 19:30 t/m 21:30

Entree: €7,50

Category: Visual arts

Audience: Adults

as a side event to the AGAINST THE GRAIN - AAD DE HAAS 100th ANNIVERSARY exhibition, SCHUNCK presents an introductory lecture by cultural historian Bart Jan de Graaf. In this introductory lecture, de Graaf will mainly focus on the eventful life course of the 'Rotterdam Limburger'.

“The fact that no book has yet been written about the life of Aad de Haas may be called a small miracle; his adventures form a potential breeding ground for a compelling novel, not to mention a biography…”

De Haas was already struck by fate during his studies at the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts, when the bombardment of the port city in the early days of the war destroyed the academy building where the artist’s earliest work was stored. He refuses to register with the Kultuurkamer, exhibits without permission at the Rotterdam art dealer Leen van Zanten and is imprisoned by the German occupier because his work is alleged to be anti-German. However, a friendly guard gives Aad’s fellow student and future wife Nel regular access to his cell and he can draw and clay with the material smuggled along by Nel to his heart’s content.

After his release, he fled with her to Limburg and subsequently came into frequent conflict with the Catholic Church – even “Rome” will interfere with his church paintings – and the conservative Limburg establishment. He has seven children, lives successively in two dilapidated castles, paints, draws and engraves a beautiful and idiosyncratic oeuvre, is constantly homesick for Rotterdam and dies suddenly and much too early, not yet 52 years old, on March 21, 1972.

In this introductory lecture (in Dutch) about Aad de Haas, cultural historian Bart Jan de Graaf will focus mainly on the eventful life course of the ‘Rotterdam Limburger’.

Bart Jan de Graaf

Bart Jan de Graaf  graduated as a historian from Utrecht University, specializing in “history of culture and ideas from the Enlightenment”. After completing this study, he worked as an art historian guide at the Bonnefantenmuseum Maatricht. Organised exhibitions at Museum Het Domein in Sittard. And was the initiator of the Podium Babel lecture and debate center in Sittard.

Bart Jan has been working as a freelancer since 2012 and gives courses with a cultural and idea-historical content and is involved in various activities that can be summarized under the broad heading of ‘cultural education’.

practical information

Due to the applicable Corona measures, we allow a maximum number of 25 visitors.
All attending visitors must register in advance by booking an online ticket.

Bart Jan de Graaf provides this lecture in Dutch.

Aad de Haas - 100th Anniversary

On December 30, 2020, Aad de Haas, the striking, non-conformist Limburg artist with Rotterdam roots, would have turned 100 years old. To honor the artist, SCHUNCK Museum in Heerlen, Limburgs Museum in Venlo and Chabot Museum in Rotterdam are organizing a relay of exhibitions and programming to illuminate Aad de Haas and his work from different perspectives.

View the full program of Aad de Haas – 100 Years here >>
Or view the program folder below (Dutch):


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