Dutch Masters in the 21st Century

Dutch Masters in the 21st century is a collaborative project between regional broadcasters and visual art institutions. Since the first series of twenty films in 2011, the venture has grown into a large-scale project dealing with multiple generations of important artists. The short film portraits of contemporary visual artists in their studios or at their workplaces were made by renowned film-makers and provide an insight into the artist’s working method, world of ideas and personality. The series includes portraits of Marijke van Warmerdam, Maria Barnas, Marinus Boezem, Renzo Martens and Michael Raedecker. Directors included John Appel, Frans Weisz, Aliona van der Horst, Pieter Verhoeff and Heddy Honigmann. The series was produced by Interakt and made possible by the Mondriaan Fund and the former Media Fund (Mediafonds). The producers are Michiel van Nieuwkerk and René Mendel. RTV Rijnmond is the coordinator on behalf of the regional broadcasters.

In early 2016, the official première of the fifth series and the hundredth episode of Dutch Masters in the 21st century took place in EYE Amsterdam in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix. The new website www.hollandsemeesters.info on which all the films can be viewed was launched at the same time. DVDs and individual episodes of the series can be ordered through interact@interakt.nl.

From 2017 onward, several portraits are added to the series every year, partly financed by the Mondriaan Fund.

On 7 March 2020, three new films will premiere in the Fries Museum, with portraits of Mounira Al Solh by Hesdy Lonswijk, Femmy Otten by Xander de Boer and Lily van der Stokker. On that same day the festival Dutch Masters on Tour will kick off.