/ Kruizenga Art Museum

Past Exhibitions

Previously on display

 

Salvador Dali: Memories of Surrealism

January 19–April 17, 2021

Salvador Dali was a leading figure in the Surrealist art movement from the 1920s to the 1970s. Salvador Dali: Memories of Surrealism was a focus exhibition featuring twelve lithographic prints created by Dali in 1971 as a reflection on his long artistic career.

Salvador Dali: Memories of Surrealism exhibition poster

DOMINION OVER THE EARTH

November 1–December 20, 2019

Dominion Over the Earth was an online exhibition organized by the Kruizenga Art Museum in conjunction with the Hope College 2020 NEA Big Read Lakeshore program. In consideration of the 2020 Big Read book, Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, which recounts the story of the crew of an early 19th-century American ship that sank in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while hunting whales, this online exhibition features a selection of artworks from the Kruizenga Art Museum collection that explore changing attitudes toward the natural environment in Europe and America from the 18th century to the present.

"Earth on Fire" by Cleon Peterson

BLACK LIVES MATTER, BLACK CULTURE MATTERS

August 18–December 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter, Black Culture Matters featured fifty artworks that address a variety of topics in African American history and culture from the end of the Civil War to the present. The exhibition attempted to provide some historical context for the current Black Lives Matter protests against systemic racism in criminal justice, education, jobs, health care and housing. It was additionally a celebration of Black culture and the many ways that Black culture has enriched American life over the past two centuries.

"John Brown Praying" by Jacob Lawrence

Resilience, Resistance and Revival in 20th-Century Yoruba Art

January 17–December 18, 2020

Resilience, Resistance and Revival in 20th-Century Yoruba Art examined the survival and evolution of Yoruba art and culture in Nigeria through the periods of British colonization and post-colonial independence. The artworks included in the exhibition illustrate how Yoruba art has been shaped by the twin forces of continuity and change through the 20th and into the 21st centuries.

"Justice" by Lamidi Fakeye

TRUTH TO POWER

November 1–December 20, 2019

Truth to Power was organized by the Kruizenga Art Museum in conjunction with the Hope College 2019 NEA Big Read Lakeshore program. The exhibition highlighted a small selection of 20th and 21st-century artworks from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, all of which represented the spirit of speaking truth to power.

 "Execution" by Leopoldo Mendez

DEITIES AND DEVOTION IN MONGOLIAN BUDDHIST ART

August 30–December 14, 2019

Deities and Devotion in Mongolian Buddhist Art explored the role that art plays in the religious beliefs and devotional practices of Mongolian Tantric Buddhism. 

 Vajrapani

 

STILL LISTENING: NEW SCULPTURES BY TODD ERICKSON

May 31–August 3, 2019

Still Listening featured sculptures by Detroit artist and Hope College alumnus Todd Erickson. 

Betsie River II

ONCE WERE NOMADS: TEXTILES AND CULTURE IN BALUCHISTAN

January 15–May 11, 2019

Once Were Nomads used textiles to examine the traditional life and culture of the nomadic peoples of Baluchistan, a territory that straddles the modern borders of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

 Bag Face with Tree of Life Design

LIVING TRADITION: CONTEMPORARY ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIAN ART FROM THE SOBANIA COLLECTION

September 21–December 15, 2018

Living Tradition explored the beliefs and practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as they are reflected in contemporary paintings, icons, liturgical objects and other works of art. The 67 artworks in the exhibition were collected and donated to the Kruizenga Art Museum by Dr. Neal Sobania, a Hope alumnus from the Class of 1968 who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and later went on to make Eastern Africa the focus of his academic career.

Jesus and His Apostles Went Up the Mountain (detail) by Qes Adamu Tesfaw

IN MEMORY: THE ART OF BILLY MAYER

May 29–September 8, 2018

In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer offered a commemorative look at artist and Hope College faculty member Billy Mayer's artwork.

Greatest Battle by Billy Mayer

CULTURE, COMMERCE AND CRITICISM: 500 YEARS OF EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN PRINTS

January 12–May 19, 2018

Culture, Commerce and Criticism explored how artists in Western culture used prints over the past five centuries as vehicles to transmit knowledge, generate income and critique current events.

"Samson and the Lion," Albrecht Durer

FROM BEYOND THE STARS: INNOVATION AND INSPIRATION IN MEIJI JAPANESE ART

August 29–December 16, 2017

From Beyond the Stars: Innovation and Inspiration in Meiji Japanese Art, explored some of the major new developments that occurred in Japanese art during the Meiji period (1868-1912), and revealed how art contributed to the larger political, social and economic changes that transformed Japan into a modern world power at that time.

From Beyond the Stars

ACCESS POINTS: RECENT ACQUISTIONS OF A TEACHING MUSEUM

May 30–August 12, 2017

Access Points presented a diverse selection of artworks that had been recently acquired by the Kruizenga Art Museum. The exhibition included artworks from Asia, Africa, Europe and America that were either generously donated or strategically purchased since 2014. 

"Cloud Garden" by Wang Juojun

GOSPEL STORIES: OTTO DIX AND SADAO WATANABE

January 10–May 20, 2017

Gospel Stories showcased 47 pieces of work from two important 20th century artists — Otto Dix and Sadao Watanabe — who were inspired to engage deeply with the Christian faith as a result of their experiences during World War II and its aftermath.

"The Last Supper" Otto Dix

AFTER THE RUPUTURE: NEW DIRECTIONS IN MEXICAN ART 1960s1980s

August 30–December 17, 2016

After the Rupture featured a selection of 32 paintings, prints and drawings by 15 artists associated with the Rupture Generation — a group of Mexican artists who broke away from the Muralist School and explored a wider range of styles and subjects between the 1960s and 1980s. 

I'm Not a Geisha

PAST PRESENT EAST WEST: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

September 9, 2015–May 14, 2016

Past Present East West showcased approximately 70 works of art from the founding collection. The exhibition was divided between the museum's two galleries, with artworks from Europe and the Americas displayed in one gallery, and artworks from Asia displayed in the other.

I'm Not a Geisha