Gijs Assmann | Marlies Appel | David Bade | Merina Beekman | Simon Benson | Dineke Blom | Marcel van Eeden | Otto Egberts | Helen Frik | Rosemin Hendriks | Tjibbe Hooghiemstra | Nour-Eddine Jarram | Natasja Kensmil | Juul Kraijer | Ronald Noorman | Erik Odijk | Roland Sohier | Elly Strik | Dieuwke Spaans | Juliette Tulkens | Piet Tuytel | Hans de Wit

Arno Kramer

Introduction  1|2|3|4  It is no exaggeration, I believe, to claim that contemporary drawing has received more attention in recent exhibitions. Nevertheless, there is the lingering general impression that museums and art galleries display little appreciation of contemporary drawing. Of course, institutions that have amassed a considerable collection of drawings over the years have placed this work on show with reasonable regularity, but mainly on a modest scale and usually in the Print Galleries of these museums. Unfortunately Museum Overholland, in Amsterdam, the only private museum specialized in drawings, closed its doors much too soon. In my opinion, too few attempts have been made to obtain a grasp on developments in the world of contemporary drawing.

Nevertheless, a number of very respectable exhibitions have been compiled. Examples include: The meaning of drawing, drawing by ten Dutch artists, which travelled around the world in 1986: Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen exhibited tekenen 87 (drawing 87) in 1987; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented Op ware grootte: tekeningen (Full Size: drawings), an important exhibition in which various aspects of the art of drawing were abundantly displayed in 1991; the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam showed De betekenis van het tekenen (The Significance of Drawing) in 1995; and the Van Reekum Museum in Apeldoorn has regularly hosted drawing exhibitions of work from its own collection, such as tekenend, tekeningen van Nederlandse kunstenaars (illustrative, drawings by Dutch artists) from the Becht Collection in 1994. The Tekeningenzomer (Drawing Summer) in the Centraal Museum Utrecht in 2004 drew attention to a part of the splendid Provincial Collection combined with new work in Microkosmos. And the Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem presented a selection from its own collection of drawings In BLACK AND WHITE and a little bit of colour in the spring of 2005. >