From 20 May to 10 September 2017 the Frans Hals Museum De Hallen Haarlem is staging the major exhibition Humour: 101 Years of Laughing at Art in both venues.
It illustrates how artists used humour as a source of inspiration.
Since the coming of Dada in 1916, humour has played a major role in art, blowing a fresh new wind through the often serious and pompous art world.
De Hallen Haarlem shows examples of humorous Dutch art—from Dada, Surrealism and Pop Art to Fluxus—
along with humorous works from contemporary art.
The exhibition includes more than 20 works from the Collection Harry Ruhé (Galerie A), Amsterdam,
by Pieter Engels, Wim T. Schippers, Willem de Ridder, Immo Jalasz, Henk Peeters en Jan Dibbets.
Some of these works are exhibited for the first time.
Photo: Score for a concert of the Mood Engineering Society by Willem de Ridder, 1961. Courtesy Collection Harry Ruhe, Amsterdam