At this exhibition you’ll see Breda’s oldest existing cityscape and a St Catherine statue from the Begijnhof which is as lovely as it is elegant. You’ll be able to compare two dazzling monstrances, which between them span a period of four centuries, and marvel over a rare painting of the Carnival in the first war years. And do not pass by the detailed painting by Reinhardt Willem Kleijn too quickly: close inspection reveals the first factories as they started appearing on the outskirts of the city. Grab your chance to admire the beechwood bust of Niel Steenbergen and gaze on the monumental triptych by Dio Rovers representing The Flight from Breda on 12 May 1940.
Faces of the city
The city is made by its residents. It is our pleasure to introduce to you the powerful aristocrats, the religious leaders and the influential artists who have shaped Breda or been inspired by the city. Meet the German nobleman Engelbrecht van Nassau and his wife Johanna van Polanen: they laid the foundations for the city’s aristocratic allure. Get to know the artists Dio Rovers and Paul Windhausen, central figures in the original Bredasche Kunstkring (Art circle). And meet the farmer’s son Adrianus Oomen from Teteringen, thanks to whom Breda came to form the seat of the diocese in the nineteenth century.
We make the development of Breda visible in a series of cityscapes. Breda started as a castle with high fortified walls. The Castle and the Grote Kerk have been the dominant landmarks of this town for a long time. Count Henry III of Nassau lifted Breda to a higher plane and transformed the Castle into a widely admired Renaissance palace. As time passed, the bucolic landscape made way for the smokestacks of industry and the railway came to delineate the city border. Ambitious post-war urban development was crowned with the new train station building. This puts Breda on the map as busy hub city, connecting people and companies.
Artists, photographers and designers
With work by, among others, August Allebé, Atelier P. J. H. Cuypers, Atelier Jules Dobbelaere, H.G. Beerman, J. Beyens, Adrianus van Beugen, Petrus van Boxtel II, Matthijs van Bree, H.M. Brom, Feitze de Bruijn, Jacques Callot, Hans Chabot, Tom Claassen, A.G. Cornet, J. van Croes, Louis Davion, J. Van Delft, Cornelis Andreas van Dongen, Paul van Gils, Johan van Gurp, Herman Hertzberger, G. van der Heijden, Herman Heijenbrock, W.G.F. Heymans, Teun Hocks, Frans Hogenberg, Ludwig Hohlwein, J. Houbraken, J.F. Hütten, Willem Huybreghs, N.J.W. Huyskens, J.C. Huysmans, B.F. Immink, Johannes Jansonius, Pieter van der Keere, Kees Kelfkens, Adriaan Woutersz. Keyen, Arthur Klep, Reinhardt Willem Kleijn, Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg, Hein Koreman, Hendrik Maarten Krabbé, Jan Adam Kruseman, Arnold W.M. van de Laar, Max Liebermann, Ron Machielse, Lukas van der Meer, Hendrik Meyer, Pieter Laurens Mol, Frans de Momper, Gerrit de Morée, H.G. Ontrop, Christel Ooms, Cas Oorthuys, Johannes Peeters, Pier Francesco Pieri, Pieter Quast, Wiel van der Randen, Dio Rovers, Jan van Rijckel II, Guido Andries di Savino, André Schreurs, Jacob Seldenslach, Jan Sluijters, P. Soutman, Ben Speekenbrink, Niel Steenbergen, Martine Stig, Jan Strube, I. Suiderhoef, Koen van Velsen Architecten, Cor Viveen, Emile Waegeningh, Jadwiga Walker, Antoon van Welie, Henk Werschkull, Paul Windhausen, René de Wit, Nico van Zijverden