From 20 April, the Fries Museum will be offering visitors a look behind the scenes. The museum will reveal how it has been collecting stories about Friesland for almost 150 years in the wide-ranging exhibition Collected work: the rich collection of Friesland. Masterpieces by M.C. Escher and Alma-Tadema are accompanied by centuries-old heritage and contemporary art. Visitors discover that the collection is constantly in flux. Works of art and objects are bought, received, loaned, borrowed and restored, and sometimes we even bid them farewell. With the largest provincial collection in the Netherlands, the Fries Museum manages a treasure house for future generations.
The Royal Frisian Society, the founder of the collection, and the Fries Museum have collected more than 200,000 objects over the years, ranging from paintings and glass to silver and textiles. Together they show Friesland in all its cultural richness. In Collected work dozens of different objects are used to illustrate the growth and development of the museum collection. The curators of the Fries Museum share the special stories behind the museum’s collection.
The exhibition includes one of the museum’s latest acquisitions: a floral still life by François de Geest.