The Frans Hals Museum is a museum with two locations, Hof and Hal. While the collection at Hof focuses on the Golden Age, Hal displays mostly contemporary art. Both locations draw inspiration from Hals and take a fresh look at his works.
For centuries artists and art lovers have been admiring Frans Hals’ unique style and artistic approach. His works were rougher and sketchier than that of his contemporaries, he depicted not only the rich and powerful, but he portrayed people of lower classes. These themes – identity norms, and the artistic representation thereof – are at the center of the current exhibition at De Hal, Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise. The exhibition identifies four main motives in Hals works – Liveliness, Expectations, Infiltration, and Noise – and groups contemporary pieces of art around them.
I recommend you to read the story behind the highly controversial Representation of Arlo, to take a close look at Gillian Wearing’s portraits to find out why they look slightly off. And, if you think hotdogs can’t be sexy, Ivy Haldeman might change your mind.
You can see Noise! Frans Hals, Otherwise until June 16. The exhibition is accompanied by a podcast to guide you through the exhibition, unfortunately this is available in Dutch only. For visitors who don’t speak Dutch an English booklet is available.