The Frans Hals Museum Presents Master Painters Side by Side

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HAARLEM, NL – The Frans Hals Museum is
presenting
a work by the British artist Francis Bacon flanked by two monumental
paintings
by Cornelis van Haarlem. What links these artists is their admiration
for
Michelangelo. This Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet was a
great
source of inspiration for them both. The exhibition Conversation Piece
II is on
view from 3 July to 10 October 2010. With the series ‘Conversation
Piece’, the
Frans Hals Museum wants to encourage visitors to take a fresh look at
the 16th
and 17th-century collection of paintings. By juxtaposing these works
with modern
and contemporary art, surprising links are laid between highly varied
styles and
periods in the history of art. The museum demonstrates that even though
certain
perceptions and opinions have a long history they are nevertheless still
valid
today and continue to be revisited and explored.