In the course of time the works of Carel Willink have been placed in a broader context. Paintings by contemporary artists, such as Wim Schuhmacher, Pyke Koch, Raoul Hynckes and Dick Ket, who worked in the same style as Willink, are now also included in the collection. Often referred to as Magic Realism this is a style that dominated Dutch art in the 1930s.
The term Magic Realism was first used by critics in the early Thirties to describe the work of a group of Dutch artists. What these artists had in common was that they all seemed to paint ‘another reality’ in an almost photographic manner. Magic Realists produced images, which were not intended as a precise depiction of the real world. Using unusual perspectives and representing backgrounds as sharply as foregrounds they painted an own reality which usually came within the realms of probability but which was nevertheless unlikely, and very, very unsettling. Most striking were the differences in theme, execution, and use of colour.
Scheringa Museum of Realist Art
Within a relatively short period the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art has grown an interesting collection, bringing together Magic Realists and contemporaries working in other styles.
The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art first opened its doors to the public in February 1997.
At the same time the museum regularly organises interesting temporary exhibitions on the theme of Magic Realism. But also photography, design, fashion are fields of interest for the museum. The museums growing collection, displayed in a series of thirteen exhibition rooms, will certainly not disappoint lovers of Dutch realism. For children theres an art quiz (only available in Dutch). You can also look around in the museum shop or have a delicious lunch at the cafe.
Association of Friends of the Scheringa Museum of Realist Art
The museum welcomes support from private individuals. Supporters receive numerous advantages, including free admission to the museum, and invitations for openings and special events.