Museum JAN

Tjalf Sparnaay l The Bigger Picture

Until 16 June from 11:00 to 17:00

Exhibition

With the anniversary exhibition The Bigger Picture, Museum JAN in Amstelveen celebrates the 70th birthday of creative artist Tjalf Sparnaay. More than 60 works from various museum and private collections provide a special overview of his oeuvre.

Fried eggs and flattened cans

At Museum JAN, Sparnaay - internationally known and acclaimed for his iconic oil paintings of fried eggs and flattened Coke cans - showcases the grandeur of small things. His hyper-realistic style enchants the viewer, who is instantly convinced of the power of his imagination. However, Sparnaay also shows that the photographic, objective approach to his subjects, definitely involves some kind of personal inspiration.

The beauty of everyday life

Sparnaay is the painter of ordinary, everyday things, things that you recognise because you are confronted with them on a daily basis but which, because of their isolation and position in a painting, are totally independent. Sparnaay was inspired by Rembrandt and Vermeer, by the magical realism of Carel Willink and American photographic realism, also known as hyper-realism, of artists like Ralph Goings, Charles Bell and Richard Estes. He made their style his own and developed what he himself called mega-realism, in which he depicts, isolates and (extremely) magnifies reality with more than photographic precision.

Appearances can be deceiving

Sparnaay regards himself as an illusionist. He is able to use paint on canvas to make the viewer believe he is seeing a hamburger and makes you believe in the perfection of the imperfect. In his opinion, beauty is the most important element, so he paints the meat sandwich at its very best, down to the smallest detail. To the extent that you think you can even smell and taste the hamburger and you need to get closer to the painting to convince yourself that what you see is not real.

Visitor information

Access

Included in the museum ticket.

Netherlands Museum Pass valid

Date

Until 16 June from 11:00 to 17:00

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Location

Museum JAN

Dorpsstraat 50
1182 JE Amstelveen
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020 - 64 15 754

Open today from 11:00 until 17:00

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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 17:00
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