The Museum Domburg and the ICEAC Domburg have dedicated a memorial exhibition to the artist Jacoba van Heemskerck, which from its start in July was a great success, was supposed to end in September and then was extended until December 10, 2023. Before it started, a “Call for Paintings” by artists who are inspired by Jacoba or by her work was sent out among euroart artists.
Eleven of them, from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Hungary and even Taiwan applied, and stayed as guests of the ICEAC and the Museum in Domburg – a taste of the ICEAC’s future Artists in Residence projects. Their works also can be seen in Museum Domburg until December 10.
A second group activity of the ICEAC is taking place at the moment, in cooperation with the Institute „Moderne im Rheinland“ at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität / University Düsseldorf. About 20 students, following a seminar on Modernism in the Netherlands with a focus on Domburg and its artists’ colony, and their teachers, are staying for a couple of days in Domburg and do partake in a special program dedicated to Domburg as an Artists’ Colony.
At the beginning of this project, they visited the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, which owns the largest collection of works by Piet Mondrian in the world. But in Domburg, they met the places, which inspired Mondrian, for real, saw the landscape through his eyes and discovered why on this former island he came to undreamt of ways of expression …
The students learned about Domburg as an artists’ colony and about the history and future of the Museum and the ICEAC on the spot. They had prepared talks and papers on several artists of importance to the colony and on their backgrounds and now could test them in the reality of the natural sources of inspiration or while looking at some paintings by them – and so enter into an exchange of ideas, findings and expectations.
After Mondrian, Jacoba van Heemskerck was an important subject, of course, and so were Jan Toorop, Mies Elout- Drabbe, Lodewijk Schelfhout and many of the other artists participating in the so-called Domburgsche Tentoonstellingen (1911-1921).
Both activities show again how fruitful cooperation between euroart-Members can be and how good it is to have solid, central anchor points for it.