One of the most important families in the history of art, the Brueghels were enterprising, innovative, and a tremendous international success story. The Brueghel dynasty spanned two centuries and no less than five generations. The entire cast of artists, from Pieter Bruegel the Elder, as well as his father-in-law and teacher, Pieter Coecke van Aelst, all the way down to Abraham Brueghel and Jan van Kessel the Younger, will be united in an exhibition that looks at the dynasty comprehensively. In addition to highlighting individual oeuvres, the exhibition will explore key themes including artistic genealogy, collaboration, workshop practice, ambition and innovation, and the role of women in the family business.
The Brueghel Dynasty is the second major exhibition focused on early modern Southern Netherlandish art in Het Noordbrabants Museum in the past decade. In 2016, the exhibition Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of a Genius was tremendously successful and attracted upwards of 420,00 visitors to the museum in `s-Hertogenbosch. Like his predecessor Bosch, Pieter Bruegel likely came from the region that is now North-Brabant, making Het Noordbrabants Museum the perfect venue to host this major international loan exhibition. A spectacular selection of paintings from museums and private collections across Europe and North America will shed new light on family members and the personal and commercial ties that bind them.
The exhibition is co-curated by Jaco Rutgers and Nadia Groeneveld-Baadj.