Took a trip to Rotterdam on sunday. It was pouring down so took shelter in museum Boijmans like most of the population of Rotterdam! It’s currently holding a Kees Van Dongen exhibition. Can’t say I was very familiar with his work previously so it was an eye opener seeing a retrospective of his work. He was associated with the Fauvists and clearly influenced by Matisse in his early years. In the 1920s he shared a studio with Picasso in Paris which is when he developed his distinctive style. I particularly liked his strong, colourful portraits of women and dancers. There’s also a number of his posters on display.

Boijmans is a large museum and there’s alot to pack in. There’s also an exhibition of dutch designer, Hella Jongerius work. It was great to see a designer exhibiting in this space. Fantastic work! She has an amazing sense of colour and her colour combinations are beautiful. On display are ceramics, furniture, textiles and shoe designs that she has done for a number of clients including Vitra, Ikea and Camper.

There is an amazing show of  300 vases arranged in different colour ways. I’ve never seen anyone move so fast when an exhibition warden spotted a young boy trying to pick up one of the vases.  Fortunately all vases stayed in tact!

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