‘Dutch Looks Mixed' is an interactive book, fun for both young and old. In this book you'll find more than 100 portraits - or rather 'historical selfies' - of the great Masters from the Rijksmuseum collection. The need to immortalise ourselves has existed for centuries. Not much has changed in that sense.
New ultra-multi-cultural portraits
Patricia Brouwer and Anneke van Dijk have divided each portrait into three parts, resulting in infinite variations of new combined portraits. Various ranks and positions, ages, genders and cultures are blended. This creates new ultra-multi-cultural portraits. Not only is 'Dutch looks mixed' a playful book, it also confronts us with the prejudices about differences and similarities between people based on appearance. What's in a face?
In addition, 'Dutch Looks Mixed' makes us ask questions. We see how hairstyle, clothing and make-up looked very different a few centuries ago. But apart from appearances, have other things changed and is there an essential difference? For example, what will happen to our portraits? Will we digitally immortalize ourselves in the media or will our pixels fade over time? Will social media be the new Galleries of Honour of the future? Will our portraits have the same value? Only time will tell.
At the back of the book are the original paintings including a short description and a code. This code can be used to search for more information at rijksstudio.nl (part of the Rijksmuseum).