For almost four centuries, the Van Loon family has had portraits made of their children by renowned artists like Dirck Santvoort, Nicolaes Maes and Thérèse Schwarze. This led to an extra-ordinary collection of very diverse portraits of children, from monumental to miniature. For the first time all of the Van Loon children’s portraits will be on display. A large part of the portraits comes from the Van Loon family’s private collection.

The immediate cause for this exhibition are the portraits made by artist Katinka Lampe of the youngest generation. Lampe’s work is in high demand around the world. This year she has made contemporary portraits of the children of Philippa Colomb de Daunant – van Loon: Gisèle (2002), Felix (2003) and Casimir (2007). They are portraits of high precision and beauty, though they are not exact representations.

While visiting the Museum Van Loon, Katinka Lampe was struck by the resemblance between her own work and the historical portraits in the collection. She has made new and has selected old works that underline these, mainly formal, similarities.

Lampe’s style of painting is controlled and smooth. Her sensitive, though unsentimental method renders the works with a high level of abstraction. The combination of historical portraits and the contemporary works by Lampe invites the spectator to look in a different way. The formal and abstract aspects of the portraits take over from the emphasis on realistic representation of the individual. This also creates more space for personal associations evoked by the portraits.

Museum Van Loon
Keizersgracht 672
1017 ET Amsterdam
+ 31 (0)20 – 6245255



28.02.2014 – 09.06.2014

ABOUT Katinka Lampe

Katinka Lampe traverses the realms of figurative, expressionist, and abstract painting in her soft, yet uncanny, portraits. Her works, though imbued with a sense of realism, are not meant to represent those that they depict. Resemblance is not the defining characteristic of these pieces. Instead, the artist sees the figures as visual impressions that, once transformed by her gaze, become representative of larger themes within society, rather than the individual.

Lampe often uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The imposed roles played by her models, their poses, expressions, and their way of being dressed, mostly copied from magazines, the internet or old master paintings, obscure their personality and provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating to identity, aging, color, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She received her degree from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally in a variety of galleries, museums, and prominent art fairs such as Museum Arnhem, Arnhem,NL: Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; Singer Museum, Laren, NL, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL ; Untitled Art San Francisco, USA and Untitled, Art, Miami Beach, USA. Her work is included in the collections of 21C Museum Hotels, USA; West Sun Capital Collection, Montreal,CA: Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, KR; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris, FR; Museum More, Gorssel, NL; Schunck*, Heerlen, NL; Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam,Nl; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL; ING Collection, Amsterdam, NL; Art Curial, Paris, FR; Frisseras Museum Athens, GR, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection.

Katinka Lampe was born in 1963 in Tilburg, NL
She lives and works in Rotterdam, NL