Moving Mesdag offers a unique perspective on the famous 19th-century painting ‘Panorama Mesdag’. It takes you on a 6-minute visual journey through four seasons and 24 hours of the day. Moving Mesdag is presented on 14 special curved screens produced by Samsung. Together, these screens form a perfect circle, which is positioned inside a specially-designed dome. Enter the installation for an enchanting trip along Scheveningen Beach in 1880.
The city of Groningen and the surrounding province have helped Hendrik Willem Mesdag to become the man responsible for painting the Netherlands’ most famous panoramic image: Panorama Mesdag.
Hendrik Willem Mesdag, one of Groningen’s best-known artists, was born on 23 February 1831 in a canal house on Hoge der A. From an early age, Mesdag showed a strong interest in drawing and painting. In one collection, there is even a drawing that he made at the young age of 14. As the son of a banker, Mesdag was able to hone his painting skills at Groningen’s Minerva Art Academy. In 1856, he married Sientje van Houten, and the couple moved into a house on Vismarkt. Mesdag’s wife also had a strong interest in art and was one of the collaborators on the painter’s world-famous ‘Panorama Mesdag’.
Mesdag ultimately made a name for himself as a member of the Hague School. In his paintings, he strove to realistically depict the world around him. This year is the centennial of Hendrik Willem Mesdag’s death in 1915, which is why 2015 has been officially proclaimed Mesdag Year. Both the Northern Maritime Museum in Groningen and Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren will be celebrating this year with special exhibitions. And Mesdag Year will be festively concluded with the Moving Mesdag event – in the centre of Groningen, where Mesdag started on his artistic journey.
Het Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Northern Maritime Museum)
The exhibition in the Northern Maritime Museum presents works by H.W. Mesdag and focuses on the artist’s ties with the city of Groningen. In addition, visitors can view works by Mesdag’s contemporary (and brother) Taco Mesdag and his close friend Josef Israëls. The exhibition runs from 7 November 2015 to 28 February 2016.
Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren also has a wonderful collection of works by the Mesdag-van Houten family. The nephew of Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, Gerrit van Houten, was also a talented artist. Fraeylemaborg is owned by the Gerrit van Houten Foundation, and one can also find traces of activities by the Mesdag family here. The present exhibition runs from 24 October 2015 to 7 February 2016.
During this period, there will be a number of presentations that draw attention to the relationship between the Mesdag-van Houtens and the city and province of Groningen. In addition to the exhibitions in the Northern Maritime Museum and Fraeylemaborg, the ‘De Verhalen van Groningen’ (‘The Stories of Groningen’) foundation has also organised a special walking tour that lets you follow in Mesdag’s footsteps. In addition, Groningen will be hosting a special outdoor exhibition, and visitors will have an opportunity to view Mesdag’s original paintings of Groningen Town Hall.
Moving Mesdag Paintings. Credits: CONSPIRACYSINC