Moving images of artists from the generation of painter Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) are rare. This fragment from the Polygoon Journaal [Newsreel] contains images of Van Dongen during the opening of an exhibition in 1937. He speaks, as he describes it himself, with a whisky voice, thanks to an excessive use of Dutch coffee. This Polygoon Journaal is about the opening of a retrospective exhibition of Kees van Dongen in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in 1967. Van Dongen was a familiar face in the museum. Works by him had been purchased before the Second World War. The exhibition in 1967 was followed by an exhibition in 1990. A record number of 436,938 visitors were welcomed by the museum that year. In 2010, the third major exhibition of Kees van Dongen will be organised in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum; then the central theme will be how he became a successful painter.


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