This film accompanies the exhibit ‘All eyes on Kees van Dongen’. It includes an exclusive interview with Anita Hopmans, guest conservator of this exhibit. Also it contains historical footage which gives an impression of life in the time of Kees van Dongen
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.