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Point of view at the Rijksmuseum

Did all children used to wear dresses in the 17th century? Why did women have to fight so hard to be able to wear trousers? And what does the size of your desk say about your gender? Ideas about masculinity and femininity shape how we behave and how others perceive us.

Point of view at the Rijksmuseum

Dates
Wed 17 Jul09:00 - 17:00
Thu 18 Jul09:00 - 17:00
Fri 19 Jul09:00 - 17:00
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Location
Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
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150 paintings, prints, drawings, costumes, accessories, sculptures, furniture and photographs from the Rijksmuseum collection make it clear that gender can be found everywhere.

For example, you see 17th-century children's portraits in which all children wear a skirt. And you will learn that the colour pink was worn in the 18th century by everyone who could afford it, just like glitter, fringes and floral patterns. Together, the objects show that ideas about masculinity, femininity, and gender in general depend on time and place.

With works by Gesina ter Borch, Marlene Dumas, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Kinke Kooi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Erwin Olaf, Maria Roosen, Charley Toorop and Sara Troost, among others.

Gender Diversity

Point of View also shows how there have always been people whose identity, expression and experience do not fit within the conventional frameworks of masculinity and femininity. A historical example is Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689), who had herself depicted as both female and male. Portraits of recent icons that demonstrate the fluidity of gender are also shown, such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Grace Jones.

MBO students and their view on gender

Finally, gender in the exhibition is viewed from a contemporary perspective. Led by photographer Bete van Meeuwen, ten MBO students use photos to show what gender means to them.

Dates and times

Tuesday 16 July09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 17 July09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 18 July09:00 - 17:00

Point of view at the Rijksmuseum

Dates
Wed 17 Jul09:00 - 17:00
Thu 18 Jul09:00 - 17:00
Fri 19 Jul09:00 - 17:00
More dates
Location
Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam
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