Overview of artists represented at the Ambassade Hotel
The art collection of the Ambassade Hotel includes works by artists from the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, USA, Iraq, Russia, the United Kingdom and Austria.
Artists are mentioned alphabetically per category:
Cobra and related artists
Alechinsky’s long-term quest was to find ways of converting language into images. To that end he tried to capture the visual qualities of texts, in collaboration with writers and other artists. Alechinsky is recognised as the most important representative of the Cobra movement in Belgium.
Lucebert counts as one of the greatest Dutch poets. It is he who wrote “Alles van waarde is weerloos” (All that is valuable is defenceless), one of the best known lines in Dutch poetry. Lucebert was a highly versatile artist. In terms of his visual art output, museums count him as a member of the Cobra movement. Nearly all major Dutch museums own works by Lucebert.
Rooskens developed a fascination for ethnographic art from Oceania and Africa after visiting an exhibition called Kunst in vrijheid (Art in Freedom). He produced one of the earliest works that would later come to typify the Cobra movement. Rooskens travelled to many parts of the world, including his beloved Africa. That particular trip was rather a disappointment, however, as the continent proved to be different in reality from what he had imagined it to be.
The Eighties Generation and Impressionists:
Isaac Israëls was predominantly a painter of people, on a never-ending quest to capture the essence of things, such as a certain movement. He would make dozens of preliminary studies of a subject that fascinated him. The main ingredients of his works are women – dancing, sleeping and nude women in particular, but also fashion models and well-dressed, stylish ladies.
Individualists and modernists:
Heyboer claimed to work from a sense of total emptiness. ”Actually my work is completely pointless”, he used to say. It has nevertheless found its way to countless museums all over the world. In the Netherlands Heyboer is known in particular for sharing a household with five women.
Jacqueline de Jong
With her partner and fellow-Cobra member Asger Jorn, De Jong was the driving force behind the art group within Situationist International, a revolutionary movement from the 1950s and 1960s. The well-known art collectors Hans and Alice de Jong were her parents. De Jong has exhibited all over the world, and the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen organised a retrospective of her work.