The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden won a Global Fine Art Award, considered the Oscars of the museum world, last night in New York.
By Hans de Preter
The Fries Museum won in the Best Impressionist and Modern (1838-WWII) – Solo Artist category for its exhibit Alma-Tadema: Classic Charm featuring work by Lourens Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) who was born in the Frisian village of Dronrijp.
Alma-Tadema spent most of his career in England and many of his works can be seen today in the British Museum. Director of the Fries Museum Kris Callens told Omrop Fryslân “We are very proud to win this prize. It’s truly put us on the map. No one knew about us, or Alma-Tadema, before, but they do now.”
The Alma-Tadema exhibit drew a record 158,000 visitors to the museum last winter.