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The Hermitage, Amsterdam
Thirty enormous 17th century group portraits from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum have been brought together for the first time and will be on display in the Hermitage Amsterdam from 29 November 2014.
Together they illustrate the story of the collective citizenship that is so typical of the Netherlands.

The Backbone of the Netherlands
The elitist alliances of the seventeenth century ultimately evolved into a huge egalitarian consultation culture. The Netherlands defines itself in hundreds of thousands of institutions and societies. From bridge clubs to art funds, from residents' associations to reception centres and from brass bands to nature conservation: everything is run by volunteers, who keep talking until consensus is achieved.
Photographer Taco Anema recorded the phenomenon in group portraits, people sitting around a table—the only way to do it, he says.
His predecessors thought exactly the same.

 

Jacob Backer - The governors of the Nieuwe Zijds Huiszittenhuis in Amsterdam,
ca 1650, 272 x 312 cm, Collection Rijksmuseum,

Taco Anema - # 53 / The Royal Dutch Mathematical Society in Utrecht,
2012, 150 x 106 cm, Collection Huis Marseille

 

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The Dutch Boards

Al Nisa, Den Haag

 

Ardahanspor, Utrecht

 

Landelijke Federatie Chinese Vrouwen Verenigingen, Utrecht

 

Delftsch Studenten Corps, Delft

 


Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen

 

Diaconie van de Kloosterkerk, Den Haag

 

Landelijk Aktie Komitee Scholieren, Amsterdam

 

Souvereine Militaire Hospitaal Orde van Sint Jan van Jeruzalem, van Rhodos en van Malta, associatie Nederland, Utrecht

 

Stichting Moskee Badr en Scholen, Amsterdam

 

Marokkaanse Vrouwen Vereniging Nederland, Amsterdam

 

Levensverzekering Maatschappij “De Onderlinge van 1719 U.A.”

 

Santa Companhia de Dotar Orphas e Donzellas, Amsterdam

 

Vereniging Sinti Roma en Woonwagensbewoners Nederland, Arnhem

 

Amsterdamse Spinoza Kring, Amsterdam