Dick Bruna: Artist Exhibition At Rijksmuseum, Holland

In with the old, in with the new - contemporary artist’s work displayed alongside Matisse and Picasso

The Rijksmuseum in Holland presents Dick Bruna: Artist to celebrate Miffy’s 60th birthday. The exhibition will run from 27th August – 15th November 2015 and is the first exhibition of the work of Dick Bruna in an international art-historical context.

This exhibition includes 60 prints and drawings that tell the story of Dick Bruna, the artist. Influences from Matisse, Léger and De Stijl as well as designers such as Sandberg and Werkman can be seen in his art. Works on paper by Matisse, Picasso, Calder, Léger, Werkman and Van der Leck - almost all from the Rijksmuseum's own collection - can be seen hanging next to dust jackets, posters, collages and drawings by Dick Bruna. Classic children’s book character, Miffy, is among the 120+ items on show.

The exhibition presents the highlights of more than a half century of graphic design work. Dick Bruna’s distinctive style of clearly drawn lines, primary colours and two-dimensional abstract forms shines through in the book covers he designed for detective novels like De Schaduw (Havank) and Maigret (Georges Simenon) from the Zwarte Beertjes editions.

In interviews, Dick Bruna has often mentioned artists who have influenced him, such as Matisse, Léger, Werkman and members of De Stijl, but for the first time the spotlight is on the art-historical thread that runs through his work. The Rijksmuseum has researched the art-historical connections to these other artists and selected works from its own extensive collection of prints to highlight Dick Bruna’s affinities with other artists.

Visit https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/dick-bruna for more information.

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Dutch artist, Dick Bruna created the classic children's character, Miffy, in 1955 whilst on a rainy seaside holiday in North Holland. A little bunny kept hopping around the garden of his holiday home - he sketched it by day and at night Dick Bruna made up stories about it to entertain his one year old son. That bunny later became Miffy.

More than 60 years later, there are 33 storybooks about Miffy, which have sold over 85 million copies and are translated in more than 50 languages. Now published in the UK by Simon and Schuster, 16 Miffy storybooks have been refreshed for a modern British audience by award winning poet, Tony Mitton and are available from all good bookshops.

There is Miffy merchandise sold across 5 continents, a new TV series and a movie. Celebrations for Miffy's anniversary will take place worldwide throughout 2015.

The publishing and international rights to Miffy are managed by Mercis bv in Amsterdam.