Elasticity of Presence
In 1644, the year of their wedding, Frans Hals painted pendant portraits of Steven Geraerts and Isabella Coymans. Not only are these two paintings complementary, they also reinforce each other because of the portrayed strong mutual commitment. The two pieces were parted from each other. The portrait of Steven was sold to the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and that of Isabella to a private collector, Alphonse de Rothschild in France. Since that time, the two portraits have led separate lives.
In the Huis met de Hoofden in Amsterdam, where they have probably met more than 350 years ago, the history of Steven and Isabella is rewritten and the magnetic power of attraction existing between them is perceptible once again. Three in-situ installations are connected with each other at various levels. As you move through the house, a narrative unfolds that brings the past very close.