This Saturday and Sunday October 7 & 8 Samadhi’s founder and principal dancer Vraja Sundari Keilman will present several short improvisational solo’s during the Rijksmuseum‘s annual international drawing festival known as the Big Draw. The performances are part of the festival’s workshop ‘Drawing Motion’ and this fourth edition is inspired by the dreamlike drawings of Matthijs Maris. To the live musical accompaniment of a cellist, museum-goers will have the opportunity to make drawings of professional dancers expressing emotion through movement. The music and dance performances are under direction of Feri de Geus (Le Grand Cru) and dancers include a.o. Heather Ware (Leine & Roebana), Suzan Tunça (ICK) and Kenzo Kusuda (Korzo). The workshop will take place from 10:00 to 16:00hr and all activities are free of charge, you only need a valid entrance ticket for the activities inside the exhibition spaces.
Further activities include tours, a masterclass, a hand lettering workshop based on books of hours and manuscripts from the Johan Maelwael exhibition by the Rijksmuseum Library and workshops for live model drawing and initial decoration.
Draw inside and outside the Rijksmuseum with Flow and Amsterdam Marketing
This year’s festival sees the Rijksmuseum partnering with Flow and Amsterdam municipality. Flow has joined forces with the museum for a masterclass led by Marenthe Otten, illustrator for magazines such as Flow, Happinez, Elle and Margriet. And even people outside the museum will have a chance to make a drawing of their favourite artwork, because especially for this occasion Amsterdam Marketing has placed frames on the ‘I amsterdam’ letters on Museumplein.
The Rijksmuseum launched the #hierteekenen campaign during the 2015 edition of The Big Draw, with the support of ING. This campaign is the Rijksmuseum’s invitation to come and draw in its galleries and learn how to see even more of art’s beauty.
The Big Draw in the Rijksmuseum is made possible in part by ING and Royal Talens.
Museum visitors can join the workshops without booking. Participation is free of charge (excluding museum admission).