No time to queue for Rembrandt and Vermeer? Find the EUR15 entrance fee for the Rijksmuseum a bit steep? Hate crowds?
There is an alternative for cheapskate, agoraphobic art lovers. The gardens of the Rijksmuseum are a little treasure, and this year they’re graced by an exhibition of 14 large-scale works by an international superstar. Entry is free and there’s plenty of elbow room.
We seem to have been following Alexander Calder around this year. We’ve found him in Insel Hombroich in Germany…
…and more recently in the excellent MAMAC in Nice…
Now an exhibition of fourteen of his large-scale works is arranged in the gardens and foyers of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
I’m in two minds about Calder’s work. On the one hand I feel very well disposed towards anyone who’s worked in puppetry and circus and I found his performances with his miniature circus (I’ve only seen fragments on video) quite charming and unpretentious.
His monumental works have for mine a sameness about them – an arching iron base, a couple of kinetic arms and colourful shapes hanging off them. See one and you’ve pretty much seen them all. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a criticism of an artist. How many waterlily paintings did Monet produce, and are they any worse because there are lots of them?
What do you think? Am I missing something?