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Dicht bij Vermeer - Expat Cinema

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum will host the biggest Vermeer exhibition ever in 2023. Suzanne Raes shows how it came about.
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Dicht bij Vermeer

In 1902, the famous French writer Marcel Proust visited the Mauritshuis in The Hague. There, he came face to face with Johannes Vermeer's View of Delft. The painting made a crushing impression; in his eyes, this was "the most beautiful painting in the world".

Vermeer (1632-1675) left a small but very special oeuvre, with subdued, often tranquil depictions, set in an inimitably beautiful colour palette, in which the use of yellow and blue is particularly striking. Reason enough for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to organise the largest retrospective ever in 2023.

In this film, filmmaker Suzanne Raes shows how this exhibition came about. How did the curators involved manage to get all those Vermeer paintings to the Netherlands? She especially looks at the role of Vermeer expert and curator Gregor Weber, for whom this exhibition is the absolute crowning achievement and at the same time the capstone of his career.