Rotterdam Study Weekend

Rotterdam, Amsterdam, the Hague and Utrecht
with Adrian Sumner
Thursday 27 - Monday 31 March 2014

Thursday - Coach travel from Chester, Hartford and Northwich to Rotterdam, via Dover and Ferry.

Friday morning - Mauritshuis Masterpieces at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn
View of Delft by Johannes Vermee
Other highlights of the Mauritshuis collection include Rembrandt’s renowned self-portrait and Johannes Vermeer’s Diana and Her Nymphs, plus two portraits by Anthony van Dyck and a history painting by Peter Paul Rubens.

After lunch travel to back to Rotterdam to visit Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen for a journey through the history of art. Dutch and European masterpieces provide a comprehensive survey of art from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century, from Bosch, Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Dalí and Christo.

The Kunsthall Museum has an exhibition of The Second World War in 100 objects and an extensive retrospective of the Finnish design brand Marimekko.

Saturday - Travel to Amsterdam Rijksmuseum then free time for the van Gogh Museum or newly redisplayed Stedelijk museum of modern art. After ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration, the Rijksmuseum has opened its doors again. For the first time in history the museum underwent a complete transformation of both its building and the presentation of its collection.The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.

Sunday - Drive to Utrecht for visit to Centraal Museum. The highlight is the collection of paintings by the Utrecht Carravagists, such as Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Brugghen. Both of them travelled to Rome in the early 17th century to study the works of the Italian master Caravaggio. Along with the mannerists Joachim Wtewael, Abraham Bloemaert, Paulus Moreelse and renaissance-painter Jan van Scorel, the carravagists give the collection in Utrecht an international allure.

The Rietveld Schröderhuis in Utrecht is an icon of the Modern Movement in architecture and an outstanding expression of human creative genius in its purity of ideas and concepts as developed by the De Stijl movement.

Then drive to Kroller Muller Museum and sculpture park at Otterlo. The museum has a considerable collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, such as The Potato Eaters, Cafe Terrace at Night and Sorrowing Old Man (‘At Eternity’s Gate’), making it the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam). Apart from the Van Gogh paintings other highlights include works by Piet Mondrian, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Odilon Redon, Georges Braque, Paul Gauguin, Lucas Cranach, James Ensor, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso. The Kröller-Müller Museum is also famous for its large sculpture garden, within the forest park, of more than 75 acres (300,000 m2) and one of the largest in Europe, with a fine collection of modern and contemporary sculptures.

Monday – Return home.

We will stay at the Best Western Art Hotel in Rotterdam.
Price - £444/person (based on sharing a twin room)
£30 single room supplement (limited number)
Includes travel and 4 nights B&B.
All other meals and entry fees extra.