The Bernard Reith exhibition

15 Jan - 14 Jun | 08.00 CET - 19.00 CEST

Maastricht University’s Special Collections in collaboration with the Art and Heritage Committee proudly presents an exclusive exhibition featuring the illustrious Reith Library, a treasure trove encapsulating the legacy of Dutch illustrator Bernard Reith (1894-1974).

This remarkable special collection boasts over a thousand meticulously curated works comprising illustrations, writings, and curated pieces about the nuances of illustration, art history, and drawing. Embark on a journey through time and artistry as the exhibition, titled Master in variation: the work of Bernard Reith in all its nuances, showcases unique pieces from Maastricht University’s Special Collections and from the Reith family archive.

Throughout his life, Reith showcased a diverse skill set across styles, genres, and artistic mediums. From the whimsy of children’s magazine OKKI to his immortalised illustrations in Louis Couperus’s Psyche and Fidessa – monuments in Dutch literary history. Renowned for his ability to bring stories to life, Reith’s creations captured the hearts of many. Over his career, he crafted thousands of illustrations, notably commissioned by Rooms-Katholiek Jongensweeshuis in Tilburg and featured in the Catholic weekly magazine, the Katholieke Illustratie. This exhibition encapsulates the multifaceted work of Bernard Reith, celebrating its rich nuances and storytelling brilliance.

Join us from 15 January 2024 to mid-June 2024 at the Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht, as we celebrate the artistic heritage and timeless allure of illustration through the captivating lens of Bernard Reith’s extraordinary collection.

Opening hours: From Monday to Friday, 8.00 – 19.00


Maastricht University Office
Minderbroedersberg 4-6


Registrations are provided by an external party or registration is not required for this event.