• Ode to the landscape
  • 2021-06-05T00:00:00+02:00
  • 2021-10-31T23:59:59+01:00
  • The Dutch landscape has been a source of inspiration for artists for centuries. Piet Mondrian also had a keen eye for the nature around him. Although he is best known for his abstract compositions, he painted many landscapes at the start of his career. A number of these early works are now on display in the Mondriaan House. They have been brought together with the work of three contemporary artists, who have each captured the landscape in their own way: Frans Kanters, Suus Kooijman and John Konijn.

At the beginning of the last century, Mondrian regularly cycled out of his home town Amsterdam to capture the landscape on canvas outside the city. He painted the small river 't Gein countless times. John Konijn and Suus Kooijman, both from the Amersfoort region, also sought their subjects close to home. They were inspired, among other things, by the Eem, the river that flows through Amersfoort. Photographer Frans Kanters went further into the country and captured the wide open Dutch landscape in black and white.

Suus Kooijman (1960) lives and works in Achterveld. For her work she uses an ancient technique with wax and pigments (encaustic). The landscapes that arise under her hands are intriguing because they are simultaneously revealing and concealing. Much is left to the eye of the beholder.
The landscape is an important theme for John Konijn (1979). The works in this exhibition have all been painted in the immediate surroundings of Amersfoort. The painter made Avond over de Eem inspired by the view he had in his former studio.

Frans Kanters (1964) lives and works in Amersfoort. He has captured the Dutch landscape countless times in black and white. Without colour there is more freedom for the viewer, he believes. The photographer is always searching for the silence in an image. Emptiness and lines characterise his work.

Meet & greet with artists

On Saturday 12 June Suus Kooijman will be present in the museum from 2.30 p.m. to answer visitors' questions about her work. On Sunday 27 June, John Konijn will be in the Mondriaan House to meet visitors. Also from 2.30 pm onwards.

Ode to the Landscape is on view until 31 October. 

Safe Museum Visits

The Mondriaan House is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10-17 hours. To ensure that visitors can safely visit the museum, the applicable coronagraphs of the law apply. Visitors (including Museumkaart holders) must reserve a ticket in advance via the website museumflehite.nl.