Love stories, an exhibition and a new page for the Hermitage in Amsterdam

More than a hundred Photosfrom pictures in the 16th century to poses captured by contemporary photographers reflecting love, passion and tragedy in real-life stories, autumn exhibition which opens a new page for Hermitage in Amsterdam after severing its historical ties with Russia from war in ukraine.

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There are people from the world of music or cinema as “muse” Audrey Hepburn or Yoko Ono Y John Lennonthe royal couples as Enrique Y Meganrevolutionary figures such as Oscar Wildand even portraits of the future, as Harmony, a sex robot with human form. But they are all a reflection of the central point of the exhibition: “Love stories” (Love stories).

Many of the pieces travel from National Portrait Gallery in Londonhave passed through USAand arrive at Amsterdam for its continental European premiere alongside a series of 16 portraits by Dutch artists and photographers from Saturday until January 8. The London Gallery It has the largest collection of portraits in the world and is under construction.


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“This exhibition is a prelude to what people can expect from us in the future (…). This is the beginning of a new beginning,” he told Efe on Thursday. Annabelle Birneydirector of this art gallery, in connection with its new scene after “breaking ties” with State Hermitage in St. Petersburgthe sister art gallery in Russia, giving it access for 30 years to one of the most famous art collections in the world.

Although he did not want to specify with whom he was negotiating, beer assured that the Dutch museum will work with other galleries in other countries to continue “building great designs, telling fantastic stories, connecting people through art and collaborating with international museums“.

“For a long time the Hermitage in Amsterdam remained aloof from political events in Russia under (Vladimir) Putin, as politics focuses on everyday reality and our orientation is in the treasures and movements of art that span centuries (…). Russia’s recent attack on Ukraine makes this alienation no longer sustainable,” the museum said last March, in parting with Moscow.


The exhibition includes masterpieces that represent ideas about love and together they paint “a moving image of how love and desire have influenced portraiture since the end of XVI century to the present” and are essentially a series of true life stories “about love in all its forms; from romantic love to the artist’s obsession with a muse, and from romantic tragedies and sorrows to love that triumphs against all odds,” the museum says.


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The pieces are made by artists such as the Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641), the Swiss Angelica Kaufman (1741 – 1807), American photographer Lee Miller (1907 – 1977), British artist Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) and also a British designer David Hockney (1937).

While the couples who set the faces of this exhibition range from the legendary Oscar Wild Y lord alfred douglas; John Lennon Y Yoko Ono, prince charles and princess Diana; Victory Y David Beckham; Emma Hamilton and the admiral lord nelson; as well as Laurence Oliver Y Vivien Leigh.

Nicholas Cullinandirector of the National Portrait Gallery in London, believes that Love Stories is an exhibition that “explores connected themes, from romantic love, obsession and infatuation to tragedy and loss” and stressed that “at the heart of this exhibition is a series of love stories real-life stories that are universal and tell the story of the human experience.”

Love stories and tragedies that involve the relationship of Prince Carlos with Dianaor flights from the palace of Enrique Y Meganbut also the portrait of harmonyon human robot, which calls into question the idea of ​​a couple.

harmony “It responds to human movement and touch with natural facial expressions, verbal and non-verbal communication. The owner enters into a social and, if desired, sexual relationship with the robot, which is similar to a (romantic) relationship between two people. museumin a leap into what may be the future of another kind of love.

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