/ Kruizenga Art Museum


Currently on display 

MIchael Ayrton's Minotaur Suite

May 28–August 28, 2021

Michael Ayrton’s Minotaur Suite features a suite of 10 etchings created by British painter, printmaker and sculptor Michael Ayrton in 1971 that portray the life of the Minotaur, a fearsome half-man, half-bull creature from classical Greek mythology. The 10 prints of the Minotaur Suite will be accompanied by 22 additional paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by Ayrton that illustrate his deep engagement with classical Greek mythology over the last 20 years of his career. 

The museum is immensely grateful to Professor Emeritus Jack Nyenhuis whose scholarship on Michael Ayrton underpins the interpretive content of this exhibition and who, along with his wife, Lee, lent or donated many of the artworks included in the display.

Image: Minotaur Risen, Michael Ayrton (British, 1921-1975), 1971, Etching, Hope College Collection, purchased with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs.
George Strumbos, 1988.2.8

"Minotaur Risen" by Michael Ayrton


The Kruizenga Art Museum galleries are typically installed with a mix of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. These exhibitions and displays are planned to complement course offerings in the college’s academic curriculum and usually change, partially or completely, at the beginning of each semester.

The museum’s exhibitions are further augmented by lectures, artist demonstrations, film series, musical concerts, dance and theater performances and other relevant educational programs. An endowment gift from Holland residents Dave and Jane Armstrong provides funding for at least one exhibition-related lecture every year, while other programs are made possible through annual gifts and campus partnerships.