Old masters to be hung
facing wall August 4, 2004
Reuters, Cape Town
A South African museum is to exhibit 17th century Dutch master paintings all
hung facing the wall.
Curator Andrew Lamprecht said the "Flip" exhibition opening in Cape Town next
month was "a conceptual art intervention" on one of the country's premier art
"They'll all be flipped, to completely take the space and turn it into something
new and unexpected," he said. The Michaelis Collection at Cape Town's Old Town
House includes works by Dutch and Flemish masters such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen
and Anthony van Dyck, and is seen as one of the best of its kind outside the
Mr Lamprecht said the exhibition would force gallery goers to reconsider their
preconceptions about the art and its legacy in South Africa.
"I'm asking questions about the history," he said, adding that the reverse of
the paintings revealed a wealth of detail not normally on view to the public,
ranging from old attempts to preserve the canvas to notes from different
collectors over the years.