Alice Neel: Painter of Modern Life, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki.
"I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working I'm still analysing people." – Alice Neel

American artist Alice Neel (1900-1984) was above all a portrait painter or, as she herself put it, a 'collector of souls'. She painted the people around her, from her children and lovers to MoMA curator Frank O'Hara, fellow artists and the flamboyant characters associated with Andy Warhol's Factory. Her style not only captured the outward appearance of her subjects, but also their mood, their inner uncertainty or private vanity. Neel is now regarded as one of the most important painters of the twentieth century and a source of inspiration for contemporary artists, including Marlene Dumas, RinusVan de Velde and Elizabeth Peyton. Nevertheless, she remains relatively unknown in the Netherlands. The Gemeentemuseumhopes to change this by staging the first major retrospective of her work in this country.

Film: Mr. Frank / Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Introductory film about Alice Neel: Painter of Modern Life at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag, 2016. Directed by Mr Frank for Gemeentemuseum Den Haag With interviews with Marlene Dumas, Rinus Van de Velde and Benno Tempel.

With special thanks to: Marlene Dumas, Rinus Van de Velde, Jeremy Lewison, The Estate of Alice Neel and all museums, galleries, foundations and collectors, and all those wishing to remain anonymous, who have generously lent their works.

Alice Neel - Collector of Souls
5 November 2016 – 12 February 2017
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag