The Belgian artist Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) was one of the best known artists in the Paris of the late 19th century where he caused a furore with his paintings of elegant and intriguing women. This retrospective, the first in 30 years, features 64 of his paintings with their attention for the texture of the clothing and luxuriously appointed interiors.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam until January 24 2010.
The romantic realist Anton Mauve (1838-1888) painted mainly people and animals in an outdoor setting, in a free and loose manner and in delicate greys, greens and light blues. His paintings were highly sought-after around 1900, particularly in America, and many were exported. Over 200 of his works, many of them on loan from private collections in America and Europe, are on display in this double exhibition.
Mauve grew up in Haarlem where he developed into one of the stars of The Hague School and where he taught Vincent van Gogh. He spent the last years of his life in Laren where he painted many oils and watercolours of the surrounding countryside, including The Return of the Flock which won him the top prize at the Paris Salon of 1887.
Tylers Museum, Haarlem and Singer, Laren until January 17 2010.
For this exhibition, the work of Edward Hopper (1882-1967), noted for its empty streets and landscapes, desolate buildings and solitary figures in an urban setting, is placed within the context of its time. The eight top works by Hopper are being shown with 90 pieces from the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York by artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Sheeler, Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz. Together these paintings, works on paper, sculptures and photos show the development of modern art in America.
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, September 26 until January 17 2010.
Ilana Raviv and Paul du Toit
Two internationally acclaimed artists have their first exhibitions in the Netherlands. The Israeli-American Ilana Raviv creates synthetic life on canvas by forming diverse flat shapes in contrasting colours. The South African Paul du Toit’s style is reminiscent of the Cobra style with a strong emphasis on compositions, lines and colours.
Art Vine, Amsterdam, until September 27.
Jo Baer, Lynda Benglis, Jutta Koether
A trio exhibition by three of the foremost living female artists. The American Jo Baer came to her present ‘radical figuration’ style through abstract expressionism and minimalism. Her fellow countrywoman Lynda Benglis is noted for her wax paintings and poured latex sculpture. And the German Jutta Koether both celebrates and criticises art in her use of transparent colour fields and threatening black landscapes.
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven until October 4.
The Van Abbe Museum is using its important collection of work by the Russian artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941) for a series of exhibitions. The first takes as its theme the futuristic opera Victory over the Sun (1913) for which Kazimir Malevich designed the costumes and sets. When members of the suprematist art group Unovis, who included Lissitzky and Malevich, performed the opera in 1920 in Vitebsk, Lissitzky was inspired to mechanise the piece.
The exhibition includes important works from the Unovis school such as Lissitsky’s sketches and lithos, works by Malevich from Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum which have not been exhibited for years, and works by other artists of the Vitebsk school.
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, September 19 until September 5 2010.
Made In Britain
Contemporary British handbags from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Lulu Guinness and Paul Smith and from brands like Mulberry and Burberry.
Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam until February 21 2010.
At the end of the 19th century, the flat and open Dutch landscape was being changed by the arrival of railways, channels and bridges. This development is shown in landscape paintings by artists of the Hague School such as the Maris brothers and Anton Mauve and the photos of photographers like Pieter Oosterhuis and Henri de Louw.
Kunsthal, Rotterdam until December 6.
New Light: The Hague School Revealed
The landscapes of the Hague School are well known. In this exhibition of one hundred paintings and works on paper the stories of the people pictured are told, giving an insight into how the Dutch lived in the second half of the 19th century. Among the art on display are works by Mauve, Maris and Weissenbruch.
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until September 27.
Primal, the Power of Looking
Photos by Martin Kers and Willem Kolvoort, two of the Netherlands’ top nature photographers, provide close-ups of the details of the Dutch countryside from blooming reed stalks and the stones along river banks to fresh water sponges.
Museon, The Hague until September 22.
This year’s annual The Hague Sculpture features the works of just one artist: the Mexican Javier Marín. Marín makes enormous figures of male and female heads and warriors on horseback in a baroque style from bronze, marble and polyester resin. A large number of these extraordinary sculptures are exhibited in the leafy environs of the city’s main theatre.
Lange Voorhout, The Hague until September 9.
For the first time this year, Amsterdam has a sculpture walk. Under the name ArtZuid, around 30 works by artists such as Zadkine, Tajiri, Panamarenko and Rodin will be displayed outdoors.
Apollolaan and Minervalaan, Amsterdam, until October 26.
The Art of Fashion
Five top international fashion designers have been invited to forget wearability and create a piece of art using installation, performance and sculptural objects. They are Viktor & Rolf, Naomi Filmer, Hussein Chalayan, Anna-Nicole Ziesche and Walter Van Bierendonck.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, September 19 until January 10 2010.