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The American Dream

  • 19 November 2017 till 27 May 2018
  • Drents Museum

The American Dream - American Realism 1945 - 2017: one exhibition, two venues! 

From 19 November 2017 to 27 May 2018, the Drents Museum (Assen, Netherlands) and the Kunsthalle Emden (Emden, Germany) are presenting a spectacular overview of American Realism with work by artists such as Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Alice Neel, Roy Lichtenstein, Stone Roberts, Alex Katz, and Chuck Close. The international double exhibition is on view concurrently in Assen and Emden. 

In total, there are more than 200 works of art spread over both museums. The Drents Museum focuses on the period 1945-1965, while the Kunsthalle Emden features works from 1965 to the present. Never before has such a comprehensive overview of American Realism been mounted in Europe. 

Cross-Border Double Exhibition
Grouped around the themes Man, City, Landscape, Genre, and Still Life, the Drents Museum and the Kunsthalle Emden offer a fascinating view of the American way of life. Works from major American museums, corporate and private collections, lead the visitor on a journey through post-war American culture. In addition to an art historical overview, American history, political and social movements are also illuminated by means of video and music fragments in the exhibition space. Moreover, each museum is presenting a selection of related works from the period highlighted in the partner museum. It is the first time in Europe that two museums have joined forces to mount a single major (international) exhibition. 

Publication The American Dream 
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book in Dutch and in German, WBOOKS (Zwolle). It costs € 24.95 and is available at the Museum Shop.