Have you ever heard of the name Renée Stotijn? An Amsterdam artist? Probably not. Until a few months ago her works were not visible, neither to the public nor to acquaintances. Even her daughters had no idea of the extensive collection. When Renée died last year, they did not know what happened to them: they discovered a wealth of works of art in their parental home, each one more special than the other …
For years, hundreds of drawings, pastels, watercolours and oil paintings had been hidden in closets, between walls and double ceilings. It is a miracle that the works of art, stacked up and without protection, are so well preserved.
This find is so special, it must be shared! This exhibition is the first physical exhibition of Renée Stotijn’s hidden artworks. It is a selection in its purest form: without frills or modifications and affected by the ravages of time.
How the art was found in the cabinets is shared with the visitor, who experiences the works of art as they looked when they were lifted from the cabinets. The “raw" will therefore be central in this exhibition. “What you see is what you get."
The exhibition has been put together by Renée’s daughters with great thanks to the Beurs van Berlage, that offers the opportunity to show these works for the first time.
Read the article in Het Parool below in which the daughters talk about their mother and the artworks. The photo on the right also appeared in Het Parool and is by Lin Woldendorp.
The Renée Stotijn exhibition – Hidden art revealed – will be on view in the Beurs van Berlage from March 27th (this date is subject to change) till May 9th, 2021.
Entrance fee: € 7.50
Children up to 12 years old: € 2.50
Tickets will be available soon through Ticketmaster, as soon as the COVID-measures are lifted and the opening date can be confirmed.
Due to the tightened measures, it is necessary to wear a mouth mask in the Beurs van Berlage. We also ask every visitor to download the Beurs van Berlage App, in which the health check can be done prior to the visit and shown to an employee upon arrival.