The Northern Netherlands is increasingly under the spell of Italian art and design
Italian architects in Groningen have designed famous buildings, including the Groninger museum, which is currently hosting a large exhibition about Alessandro Mendini.
But the province of Drenthe also has a lot of appreciation for Italian art. There, the Drents Museum has organised a major exhibition under the title: “Sprezaturra” (studied carelessness). Yesterday this museum announced that the exhibition was a great success and attracted nearly 76,000 visitors.
The international exhibition Sprezzatura – Fifty years of Italian painting (1860-1910) in the Drents Museum has attracted a total of 75,986 visitors. The exhibition closed on Sunday, November 3, and presented 69 works by 40 artists from all over Italy. The 19th-century paintings were mainly from prominent Italian museum collections. A large part was shown in The Netherlands for the first time. Sprezzatura was very well received by visitors and received a rating of 9.1.
With over 75,000 visitors, Sprezzatura is one of the top three most visited art exhibitions in the Drents Museum, together with the exhibitions Peredvizhniki (2016/2017) and The American Dream (2017/2018). Most visitors to the Sprezzatura exhibition came from South Holland, North Holland, Drenthe, Groningen and Gelderland.
Director Harry Tupan is happy with the number of visitors and rating:”We are very satisfied with the result. It is art that we didn’t really know that well, and that appealed to many people. ” This appreciation is evident from the many responses in the guestbook: “My eyes were really opened”, “Very nice exhibition” and “Very special to see these painters brought together in this way”.