Birds, fantasy creatures, mythological scenes and erotic tableaux abound in the richly imaginative oeuvre of Peter Vos (1935-2010). The exhibition in the Berlage Room presents the finest autonomous works from his student years in the 1950s and through to 1970. The Gemeentemuseum’s own collection of his drawings and prints, assembled prior to 1970 by private collector Cees Kuijlman, is supplemented by items from other collections. In addition to drawings, these include unique illustrated letters and booklets created for friends and loved ones.
Art historian Eddy de Jongh and guest curator Jan Piet Filedt Kok have produced (together with Saïda Vos-Lokhorst) an anthology of Vos’s finest illustrated letters, many of which are also on show in the exhibition. The book, Peter Vos – Getekende brieven, is to be published by Rubinstein at the end of January.