The project A Look At… has sprung from the collaboration between Dr Ronald van Kesteren and curator Shanou Janssen, and is meant to place artwork in a different context.
A Look At… lets visitors and passers-by enjoy works of art belonging to the Museum van Bommel van Dam collection, but which cannot be admired in real life at the moment because of the upcoming move and renovations. That is why, every once in a while, a image of a piece of art is shown on the windows of the new museum building, accompanied by a piece of text describing and discussing the art and the thoughts behind it. Different artworks will be shown, starting with a painting by Herman Berserik, Zelfportret boven de polder (1973) *.
Ronald van Kesteren is a teacher, writer-publicist, and public speaker. He has used several illustrations of museum collection pieces in his publicised work ‘Welgemutst en blij te moede, Opgewekte beschouwingen tussen Venlo en Rome **. One work of art is even featured on the cover.
Both Ronald van Kesteren and the museum’s curator, Shanou Jansssen, have written texts that will give the onlooker information about the artworks from our collection. These stories reveal beautiful, and sometimes discreet, details that encourage a person to look more closely at the piece and to search for a deeper meaning as well.
*Self-portrait over the polder (1973). **Good-humoured and cheerful, Merry Considerations of Venlo and Rome