From the museum website, 9 February 2009
A world-class exhibition to match the extraordinary artistic verve of Kees van Dongen (1877 – 1968). The Rotterdam-born artist made quite a name for himself in Paris at the turn of the century, sharing a studio with Picasso. Through a selection of eighty paintings, the exhibition charts Van Dongen’s early years, his breakthrough and later international success. While offering an overview of his entire career, the exhibition focuses on the period 1907-14 which was so crucial to his artistic development.
The exhibition is the central event of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.