Living the landscape


28 May to 25 September 2022 (main hall)


With the exhibition Living the landscape – Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and the artists of St. Ives 1939-1975, Museum Belvédère is the first museum in the Netherlands to pay attention to a special chapter in the history of modern art in Great Britain.

World-renowned artists such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth turned the picturesque coastal town of St. Ives in Cornwall into a dazzling international arts center. The many artists who settled there for a short or longer period of time were mainly inspired by the age-old landscape, the sea and the connection between the local population and its environment. Far away from the big art centers and current developments, they found a personal style tailored to light, land and space.

In contrast to urbanized areas in the Netherlands, the north largely derives its identity from the landscape, which is primarily a cultural landscape; a combination of nature, agriculture and habitation.

Cornwall occupies a similar position in England. The Cornish also feel more than averagely connected with the landscape in which they live.

At a time when landscape is primarily captured in figures by policymakers, Museum Belvédère hopes with Living the landscape to contribute to the realization that a landscape is not the sum of clouds, grass and trees, but a living environment of which people are part. Whoever touches the landscape touches the people. That is exactly what this exhibition attests to. The exhibition features work by Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and others.

Feico Hoekstra

The initiator and guest curator of the exhibition is art historian Feico Hoekstra (1967). As a freelance exhibition maker and writer on art, he works for various Dutch museums, including Museum de Foundation in Zwolle, Museum MORE in Gorssel and Beelden aan Zee in The Hague. He has made exhibitions and publications on William Turner, Jan Voerman, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Citroen, Euan Uglow, Germaine Richier and Elisabeth Frink, among others.

Art Noord IV


four-day art fair!

6 to 9 October 2022 (in the entire museum)


Museum Belvédère, in collaboration with 17 participating galleries and art dealers, is organizing the fourth edition of Art Noord, the only museum art fair in the Netherlands. Art Noord is the stage where modern and contemporary art from the north and other parts of the Netherlands is shown in a museum context and is for sale.

Participating in this edition are: Galerie Getekend (Heerenveen), Kunstlokaal08 (Jubbega),

Galerie de Roos van Tudor (Leeuwarden), Kunsthandel de Vries (Leeuwarden), Galerie De Vis (Harlingen), Galerie Lyts (Woudsend), Galerie Feico (Gorredijk), Galerie Hoogenbosch (Gorredijk), Galerie With Tsjalling (Groningen), Kunsthandel Richard ter Borg (Groningen), Kunsthandel Peter ter Braak (Groningen), Prentwerk (Groningen), Philip Elchers (Groningen), Kunstruimte Wagemans (Alkmaar), Rueb Modern en Contemporary Art (Amsterdam), Galerie Frank Welkenhuysen (Eindhoven), Contempo Galerie (Rotterdam). 
Also on view during Art Noord: a special presentation of Afslag BLV, annex of Museum Belvédère and platform for young artists.

Jochem Hamstra


October 15, 2022 to January 29, 2023 (main hall)


The painting of Jochem Hamstra (1962, Heerenveen) moves between figuration and abstraction, but is always based on visual perception. He prefers to paint on the back of linen, because that is how the material offers the most resistance. This stubbornness can also be found in his sometimes unruly formal language, while the paintings often exude a melancholy atmosphere. Thanks to a strong personal style and a refined sense of color, his work is always surprising and yet recognizable. In this way he has built up a coherent and high-quality oeuvre that has never been shown in its entirety. Reason enough for Museum Belvédère to organize its first museum solo exhibition. His work is well represented in the collection and has been a permanent fixture since the museum was founded. A publication will accompany the exhibition.