This is the first exhibition devoted to landscapes painted by Symbolist artists in Europe, providing a deeper insight into this late 19th-century pioneering art movement. The roots of Symbolist art lie in philosophy and poetry, and are closely associated with music. Born as a reaction to the growing industrialisation and materialism of Europe, Symbolist works reflect feelings of fear and pessimism, as well as a longing for spirituality and mythology. Symbolist artists sought to evoke dreams and visions, rather than record visible reality. The exhibition reveals how the artists used landscapes to represent their visions of death, dreams, infinity and the cosmos, or ideas about science and the modern age.
The exhibition will cover a wide range of artists, from forerunners of Symbolism like Arnold Böcklin to Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky, who provided the impulse for major 20th-century movements like Surrealism and Abstraction. Along with works by such renowned painters as Claude Monet, Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch, viewers will be able to see paintings by lesser known, but equally fascinating artists from the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe.
Keywords: Amsterdam, exhibition