Bosch Grand Tour

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December 19, 2015 - January 29, 2017

Bosch Grand Tour

In 2016, ’s-Hertogenbosch and the province of North Brabant will celebrate the life and work of Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516), Holland’s most famous medieval painter. His universal imagery filled with human emotions and surreal visions still inspires artists in Holland and abroad 500 years after his death. In addition to Jheronimus Bosch – A Genius’ Visions (13 February – 8 May 2016) at the Het Noordbrabants Museum, seven leading museums in North Brabant will present a contemporary exhibition programme under the heading ‘Bosch Grand Tour’.

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In 2016, ’s-Hertogenbosch and the province of North Brabant will celebrate the life and work of Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516), Holland’s most famous medieval painter. His universal imagery filled with human emotions and surreal visions still inspires artists in Holland and abroad 500 years after his death. In addition to Hieronymus Bosch – A Genius’ Visions (13 February – 8 May 2016) at the Het Noordbrabants Museum, seven leading museums in North Brabant will present a contemporary exhibition programme under the heading ‘Bosch Grand Tour’.

  • Bosch Grand Tour: An exhibition programme with 13 exhibitions in 7 museums in 4 cities in the province of North Brabant to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death.
  • Discover the exhibition programme for the Bosch Grand Tour here.

Bosch as an inspiration

Be inspired and amazed by an exploration of contemporary art, design and culture in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Eindhoven and Tilburg. The Bosch Grand Tour programme runs from 19 December 2015 through 29 January 2017: more than a year of Hieronymus Bosch as an inspiration for young and old!

Het Noordbrabants Museum 

1. Jan Fabre: Bosch in Congo

Date: 11 June through 18 September 2016 

Fabre’s monumental ‘mosaic panels’ from the series Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo represent the cruelties and absurdity suffered by the former Belgian colony of the Congo. 

2. Masterpieces from the Brukenthal collection

Date: 18 June through 9 October 2016 

Flemish and Dutch masters from the time before and after Hieronymus Bosch as represented in the Romanian Brukenthal collection. Together with Jheronimus Bosch, painters like Jan van Eyck, Jacob Jordaens and Pieter Brueghel the Younger lifted painting in the Low Countries to the highest level. 

3. The Return of the Elephant
Date: 29 October 2016 through 29 January 2017 

Hieronymus Bosch inspired many paintings and graphic reproductions, and even tapestries. This exhibition shows 16tth century etchings, wood reliefs, and the new wall tapestry designed by Jan Fabre and woven at the Textiel Museum (Textile Museum).

4. The Seven Deadly Sins: Gurt Swanenberg and Pieter Bruegel

Date: 29 October 2016 through 29 January 2017 

The Seven Deadly Sins is a source of inspiration for artist Gurt Swanenberg. He uses very thin brushes to paint fantastical details on animal skeletons. The etchings of the famous artist Pieter Bruegel, who was also inspired by this theme, are shown with Swanenberg’s works.

Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch

5. Jeroen Kooijmans - The Fish Pond Song

Date: 19 December 2015 through 5 June 2016 

At the beginning of 2016, the year of Hieronymus Bosch, the monumental video triptych The Fish Pond Song by artist Jeroen Kooijmans will have its opening night. This three-part epic work of art represents the culmination of ten years of filming in Holland and Hungary and on Curacao. The famous painting Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch and contemporary history since 9/11, an event that Jeroen Kooijmans experienced up close, were the artist’s sources of inspiration. 

6. Nacho Carbonell

Date: 18 June through 11 September 2016 

Nacho Carbonell (Valencia 1980) considers his chairs, sofas and lights to be living creatures with their own personality. With their bizarre shapes, they can barely be recognised as useful objects at all. Carbonell’s surreal and sculptural shapes are remarkably similar to elements from paintings created by Hieronymus Bosch.  

7. Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Date: 18 June through 11 September 2016 

The Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo (Madrid, 1970) is interested in the relationship between art and power. Based on his strong political engagement, he creates installations, sculptures and video art in a manner that is serious, playful and humorous. He acquired the pleasure yacht that used to belong to the dictator Franco in 2011, for instance, and transformed it into an installation made from the ruins of the yacht. Sánchez Castillo will create a new work at Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, using King Philip II (1527 – 1598) of Spain’s fascination with Hieronymus Bosch.  

8. Heaven, Hell & Earth

Date: 24 September 2016 through 15 January 2017 

The exhibition Heaven, Hell & Earth is a triptych showing work by internationally renowned artists, based on Hieronymus Bosch’s central themes. It all revolves around the eternal battle between the essential and opposing forces in life, the world, and man’s psyche.

The British team Jake & Dinos Chapman have imagined hell, the Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist will contribute a heavenly representation, and the Dutch artist and film maker Gabriel Lester is to connect these extremes in a new installation. 

Van Abbemuseum 

9. The Start of Today. The long eighties

Date: 16 April through 2 October 2016 

With his monstrous representations, Hieronymus Bosch commented on the society of his age. This exhibition about the demons of the nineteen eighties illustrates the extent to which Bosch’s critical views are still relevant. 

De Pont museum, Tilburg 

10. Atelier van Lieshout - SlaveCity

Date: 11 June through 30 October 2016 

Van Lieshout showcases his fascination with transience, dystopia and far-reaching efficiency, themes prominently present in Bosch’s work. 

Textielmuseum, Tilburg

11. The Return of the Elephant

Date: 8 April through 30 September 2016 

Between 1530 and 1540 an extraordinary series of wall tapestries was created in Brussels inspired by the compositions of a single artist: Hieronymus Bosch. The 5 tapestries have 5 themes: The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Haywain, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Saint Martin with his Horse on a Ship and The Elephant (Adoration of the Magi). Today, the Spanish Patrimonio Nacional only has an incomplete series: The Elephant is missing. Textiel Museum (Textile Museum) and Het Noordbrabants Museum collaborate in The Return of the Elephant, in which the lost tapestry of Bosch is brought back to life in an interpretation by Jan Fabre. The process from design to production is shown at the TextielMuseum.

Natuurmuseum Brabant, Tilburg 

12. Jeroen Bosch’s Animals

Date: 1 April through 31 December 2016 

Animals play an important part in Bosch’s work. This exhibition for young and old is about symbolism, fantasy and reality.

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