Miniatures inspired by music and visual arts is an initiative of violinist and artistic director Tosca Opdam, in collaboration with the Toscata Foundation, Van Gogh Museum, Teylers Museum and Fries Museum/Ceramics Museum Princessehof.
Miniatures includes a series of short online concerts that connect art works to musical themes. Each Miniature will be around 10 minutes and includes short introductions by the curator of said museum and by Tosca Opdam, followed by a concert with a variety in instrumentation. Per museum, a series of four miniatures will be recorded.
Miniatures I is online available and encloses information about the program and the performing musicians: https://miniatures-music-arts.com/van-gogh-museum-miniatures
The first series is inspired by a series of portraits of the recent exhibition In the picture- portraying the artist at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam.
Miniatures II is online available in four editions October 8, 15, 22, 29 2020: https://miniatures-music-arts.com/teylers-museum-miniatures
The second series is recorded at Teylers Museum, the first and oldest museum of the Netherlands. It offers a musical connection with themes from the work of John Constable in the previous retrospective exhibition.
Miniatures III is released November/December 2020: https://miniatures-music-arts.com/the-prinsessehof-miniatures
The third series is recorded at the Ceramics Museum Princessehof Leeuwarden. The work of Maurits Escher, born at this former city palace, is the connecting theme.
Miniatures IV will be released March 3, 2022: https://miniatures-music-arts.com/museum-mauritshuis-miniatures
The fourth series is recorded at the Mauritshuis The Hague. The edition at the Mauritshuis is a collaboration with Museum Mauritshuis and Musaics of the Bay Festival San Francisco.
The series will stay accessible online: miniatures-music-arts.com
The collaboration with these three museums will offer the musicians an additional possibility, nationally and internationally, to reach a global audience.
During this pandemic, when these wonderful collections are not yet open for everybody to enjoy, museums are delighted with the possibility to extend the exhibited works in another artistic dimension.
Supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, Van Gogh Museum, Teylers Museum, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, Toscata Foundation and private donors.