tadema on tour in europe

The Fries Museum’s exhibition Alma-Tadema – Classical Charm will go on a journey through Europe. This exhibition about the great 19th-century painter can be viewed in the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden from 1 October 2016 to 7 February 2017. After this, it travels to the prestigious Belvedere in Vienna and then to Leighton House Museum in London, the city where Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema enjoyed his greatest international success. 

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s (Dronryp 1836 – Wiesbaden 1912) paintings brought him world renown, and he was especially popular in America and England. Even today, the images that he painted of classical antiquity still influence the directors of films such as Gladiator and Ben-Hur.  The Fries Museum has the largest and most important collection of works by Alma-Tadema in the Netherlands. Mastertpieces from all over the world have been brought together for this exhibition in Leeuwarden, which opens on 1 October 2016.


The exhibition can be viewed at the Belvedere from 23 February to 18 June 2017. The museum is housed in one of the Belvedere Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vienna. Austria’s most famous art collection can be found there, with works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka as well as international artists like Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. The Belvedere Palaces were built in the 18th century by the famous architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrand as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy in an exuberant Baroque style.  

leighton house museum

In London, the exhibition can be viewed from 7 July to 29 October 2017 at Leighton House Museum, the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist Frederic Lord Leighton (1830–96). Alma-Tadema was friends with Leighton and his house is reminiscent of Tadema’s comparable home and studio in London. Leighton’s house was built modestly but grew into a ‘private palace of art’, and is now considered one of the finest architectural sights in London.

The exhibition Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm is part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.The Fries Museum realised the exhibition and accompanying film programme in collaboration with EYE Filmmuseum and Slieker Film.

The generous support of the Turing Foundation, the Provincie Fryslân, the Mondriaan Fund, VSBFonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, BankGiro Loterij and Stichting Woudsend Anno 1816 provided a sound basis for organising the exhibition at the Fries Museum. It is also supported by the Dutch Government: an indemnity grant has been provided by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science and the Minister of Finance.

The Fries Museum is co-funded by Ir. Abe Bonnema Foundation, the Provincie Fryslân, Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland, EZ/Kompas and BankGiro Loterij.

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