in the Grote Kerk Dordrecht

An unique event!

Henk Helmantel exhibits in the Grote Kerk

In 1618-1619 the Synod of Dordrecht was held. More than 100 preachers, scholars and politicians from the Netherlands and abroad met in Dordrecht. In addition to a church meeting, the Dordt Synod was also a political and cultural event that influenced history, language and norms and values.

Exactly 400 years later, the city of Dordrecht commemorates this meeting with a program for a wide audience called Ode aan de Synode.

Henk Helmantel

The Grote Kerk, the building that played a role in the Synod and can still be visited, plays a major role in the program. During Ode aan de Synode the renowned Groningen painter Henk Helmantel exhibits in the Grote Kerk. He is seen as one of the most important representatives within the movement of contemporary realism. Helmantel often uses dramatic light-dark contrasts, as can also be seen in the seventeenth-century masters.

Helmantel will be painting a few works especially for this exhibition in the sign of the Dordtse Synod. Of course he will give his own interpretation to that. Perhaps a church interior of the Grote Kerk is painted by seeing Helmantel. A still life with items from the collection of the Dordrechts Museum could also be part of the exhibition.

This exhibition is part of


Datum / tijd Evenement Meer informatie
2018-11-24 14:00 Opening Helmantel-exhibition
2018-12-01 16:00 Sweelinck, Speuy and the Psalms
2019-01-05 16:00 A new beginning
2019-02-02 16:00 Calvinist spirituality
2019-03-02 16:00 The church song from the Synod
2019-04-06 16:00 Bach and the Synod

Visitor information

The exhibition can be viewed in the Grote Kerk, the opening hours are:
From 24 November 2018 to 31 March 2019
Wednesday to Sunday:12:00 – 16:00h
From 1 April 2019 to 26 May 2019:
Sunday:12:00 – 16:00h
Tuesday to Saturday:10:30 – 16:30h
Church is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year's Day, 29 and 30 March 2019.
Admission prices
Entrance Grote Kerk (incl. Helmantel exhibition):€ 2,00
Children up to 12 years:free
Museum year card is not valid


Lange Geldersekade 2, 3311 CJ Dordrecht

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