Van Zijl in the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig

Wieteke van Zijl presents her book ‘Sieh hin! Ein offener Blick auf die Kunst’

18 March 2022

On March 18, Wieteke van Zeil will present the German translation of her book Altijd iets te vinden (Sieh hin! Ein offener Blick auf die Kunst, translation by Bärbel Jänicke for E. A. Seemann Verlag) in the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig. The event starts at 8 p.m. (CET) and admission is free. The event can also be attended online.

In a moderated discussion and based on selected works from the museum, including Neo Rauch and the Old Masters, Wieteke van Zeil demonstrates her technique of seeing.

Altijd iets te vinden

How often do we really take the time to reach a considered verdict? Looking at art can help us, art is patient, it broadens perspectives, helps one see things anew. Taking striking elements from numerous works of art as her basis, Wieteke van Zeil provides insight into how opinions are formed: what role, for example, does your mood and your background play, and why it is so difficult to change your mind?

She explains how to look at art, history and current affairs in new ways. Why is Jesus always a white man in art? And why is it that female artists are still not valued? With a fresh, witty style, she shows us mind-expanding details: a frog jumping out of a medieval birthing bed; unicorns in a chandelier; the significance of a Beyoncé and Jay-Z hit to Géricault’s Raft of The Medusa. Wieteke van Zeil visits museums, galleries and private collections across the centuries and continents and shares her perceptive gaze and expertise.

Details of the event

  • Date and time: March 18, 8 p.m. (CET)
  • Location: Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
  • Costs: the event is free to attend
  • A live stream of the event can be found on the Instagram page of the EA Seemann Henschel publishing group.