19 November 2017 to 27 May 2018 the Drents Museum and Kunsthalle Emden (Germany) present the major international art exhibition The American Dream. The double exhibition - simultaneously on display in Assen and Emden - shows American realism dating from 1945 until now by displaying work by American top artists as Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Alice Neel, Richard Diebenkorn, Martha Rosler, Alex Katz en Chuck Close.
Collaborating with American museums
It is the first time such a major overview of American realism will be on display in Europe. The Drents Museum focuses on American art dating between 1945 and 1965, whereas Kunsthalle Emden spotlights art made between 1965 and now. Both museums are collaborating with several American museums and private collectors possessing prominent American realism collections.
Our International Realism series
With contemporary realism being an important pillar in the collection, the Drents Museum started the series International Realism in the Drents Museum in 2009. Succeeding Realism from Leipzig (2009), The Soviet Myth (2012) and The Kim Utopia (2015), the Drents Museum aims to show a western counterpart with The American Dream. Next to abstract art, a new form of realism developed in America after the second world war: a cool, realistic view on daily life, 'the American way of life'.
For the project The American Dream the Drents Museum is closely collaborating with Kunsthalle Emden. This German museum, located just across the border, created striking exhibitions about present-day art, and about realism in particular, as Realismus, Das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit (2010). The American Dream presents an opportunity for the Drents Museum and Kunsthalle Emden to connect substantively. The collaboration also offers opportunities for border-crossing marketing and tourism. These will be developed further in the near future.