Bag by Hendrik Kerstens, on display in the exhibition

Australia: Dutch Masters to Sydney

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia, the exhibition ‘Dutch Masters of Light’ opened on 17 March in Sydney.

‘Dutch Masters of Light’ brings the famous Dutch light to life through contemporary portraits and landscapes. It reinterprets the style of celebrated Dutch artists, including Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer, in a series of striking portraits by two contemporary Dutch photographers, Erwin Olaf and Hendrik Kerstens.

As a counterpoint, the extraordinary luminous quality of the light in the Dutch landscape is explored in 'Hollands Licht', a documentary by Pieter-Rim de Kroon and Maarten de Kroon can be viewed in the exhibition gallery.

This exhibition is part of a series of events which marks the 400th anniversary of the first contact with Western Australia by Dutch VOC captain Dirk Hartog. It will be open daily at Customs House, right in the heart of Sydney, till 29 May.