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Opening exhibition Kees van Dongen in 1967

Moving images of artists from the generation of painter Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) are rare. This fragment from the Polygoon Journaal [Newsreel] contains images of Van Dongen during the opening of an exhibition in 1937. He speaks, as he describes it himself, with a whisky voice, thanks to an excessive use of Dutch coffee.

This Polygoon Journaal is about the opening of a retrospective exhibition of Kees van Dongen in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in 1967. Van Dongen was a familiar face in the museum. Works by him had been purchased before the Second World War.

The exhibition in 1967 was followed by an exhibition in 1990. A record number of 436,938 visitors were welcomed by the museum that year.

In 2010, the third major exhibition of Kees van Dongen will be organised in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum; then the central theme will be how he became a successful painter.

Like Kees van Dongen a lot, this video is from ArtTube, a website with videos about art and design. ArtTube is produced by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen


ArtTube features videos that have something to do with the museum and its collection. Next year another Kees van Dongen exhibition in the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, can’t wait.