Under the general title of ‘Vastgelegd & Getekend‘ (‘Snapped & Drawn’), the exhibitions ‘Scherts‘ (‘Jest’), ‘Vrijmoedig‘ (‘Candid’) and ‘Ontgrensd‘ (‘Borderless’) display cartoons and photos that focus in various ways on the changing nature of Europe. The three exhibitions are being held from 2 December 2016 up to and including 24 February 2017 in Maastricht. ‘Vastgelegd & Getekend‘ is being organised as part of ‘Europe Calling! Maastricht Treaty 25th Anniversary’, the programme devoted to twenty-five years of the Maastricht Treaty. On Friday 2 December at 11 a.m., King’s Commissioner for the Province of Limburg, Theo Bovens, will perform the official opening in the Provincial Government Buildings on the River Meuse, the location where it all started twenty-five years ago.
‘Scherts‘ takes in the entire period from the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and consequently the establishment of the European Union up to and including the euro crisis and Brexit. The cartoons in ‘Scherts‘ demonstrate that the European project offered opportunities for satire right from the beginning. After all, ‘nice’ ideas are often founded on disagreement and countless individual interests and misunderstandings. The exhibition is being held in the Provincial Government Buildings on the River Meuse.
The ‘Vrijmoedig‘ exhibition is being held in Centre Céramique and consists of a selection of the work of cartoonists who participated at the 2016 Four Freedoms cartoon competition, organised by the Federation of Cartoonist Organisations on behalf of the Roosevelt Foundation. The Limburg cartoonist Ruben L. Oppenheimer won the second prize at this competition. The exhibition consists of one hundred cartoons drawn by twenty-five international artists. The Roosevelt Foundation is making the cartoons available free of charge.
The ‘Ontgrensd‘ exhibition includes photos of 20 exceptional past and current border situations in Limburg. After all, Limburg is the Dutch gateway to Europe. The elongated province has 351 kilometres of border with our international neighbours and ‘only’ 113 kilometres with the rest of the Netherlands. The collection has been compiled under the supervision of the Impact Foundation and will be held in the Theater aan het Vrijthof.
‘Vastgelegd & Getekend‘ is a collaboration between the Province of Limburg, Connect Limburg, Europe Calling!, Centre Céramique, Chapeau, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Theater aan het Vrijthof.
Cartoons from international media, from Maastricht to Brexit
Provincial Government Buildings on the River Meuse, Limburglaan 10, Maastricht
Four Freedoms cartoon competition 2016 organised by the FECO for the Roosevelt Foundation
Centre Céramique, Plein 92, Maastricht
Archive and recent photos of 20 border situations in Limburg
Theater aan het Vrijthof, Vrijthof 47, Maastricht