For years now, Philip Akkerman is painting exclusively self-portaits. Every new painting is a
thriumph over problems raised by the former one and his daily looking in the mirror.
Is he a modern painter?
In a text for the 7th Museum project, he writes:
'The culture in which we are now living is still the same as that of the Dutch Golden Age.
But, since we have separate museums for old and contemporary art, it sometimes looks like
if we are dealing with two different cultures'. Three of his paintings hung for a period
of two month in the 17th and 18th century paintingcollections of The Mauritshouse, The Picture Gallery
of William V and Museum Bredius.
Philip Akkerman (1957) lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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