★★★★☆
“J.M.W. Turner said that seeing a sea scene by Willem the Younger as a young man had ‘made me a painter’. This show should bring the Van de Veldes a whole new generation of fans.”
The Daily Telegraph

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The exhibition

The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea is a temporary exhibition that took place at Queen’s House in London between March 2, 2023 and January 14, 2024. The exhibition celebrates 350 years since the van de Veldes (father and son), two celebrated Dutch artists, arrived in London.

King Charles II offered them a studio space at the Queen’s House in Greenwich. Here they worked, creating royal commissions, magnificent paintings and tapestries, as well as thousands of detailed sketches, drawings and designs.

Project overview

 

In a pioneering initiative at the Queen’s House, this exhibition featured video mapping for the first time, overcoming unique architectural challenges associated with its status as a listed building. Given restrictions against alterations to the walls and ceilings, we innovatively concealed the projector within a ground-level scenic element. This not only preserved the integrity of the historical site but also seamlessly integrated advanced digital technology, enhancing visitor engagement through immersive displays.

The exhibition features an interactive touchscreen, enabling visitors to explore in-depth the preliminary sketches drawn by the Van de Veldes. This digital tool not only enriches the educational experience but also bridges the gap between historical artistry and modern engagement techniques, allowing visitors to connect with the artists’ foundational works on a more intimate level.

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