Sunday afternoon January 13, 2019, just rain! Would people take this dog storm to attend the opening of the exhibition “Changing Times” in Museum (Land van) Valkenburg?
More than a hundred visitors hang their wet coats on the coat rack and go to the top floor of the monumental building. Not after they have been warmly welcomed by Chris Roovers, one of the two exhibitors.
Above, Andrea, daughter of the artist couple Peter Bertus and Chris Roovers, is already waiting. A little later she can start a brave speech. She recalls that her father recently died and that this exhibition was planned before his death.
We see this exhibition as a posthumous tribute to a versatile artist whose oeuvre consists of numerous etchings, drawings and paintings, whether or not commissioned.
His legacy offers comfort to the relatives. That is why no works can be sold now. However, a book will be issued that can serve as a reference book.
The work of Peter Bertus is nicely coordinated in this exhibition with the ceramic work of his widow, Chris Roovers. Her work is often very personal and almost everywhere there is a story behind it.
That wet Sunday afternoon there are many words of praise on the atmospheric top floor of our museum!
The exhibition “Changing Times” can be seen until 24 March 2019 in the upper room of our museum.
Foto’s: Theo Solberg