THE CAT CABINET - a special museum indeed
By Kaat Schille ♫eitaps. Friday, October 26, 2007 12:05:29 PM
Het Kattenkabinet (The Cat Cabinet) is a museum with all sorts of artistic portrayals of cats. You'll find the Cabinet in an historical building, Herengracht 497 in Amsterdam. There are works of Corneille, Helen Frik, Carel Willink, Ella van Schaik, Leonore Fini, Daan Remmerts de Vries, Sonja Dwinger, Henriëtte Ronner-Knip, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Sal Meijer, Nicholas Tarkhoff, Picasso, Leonard Tsugouhra Foujita, Lies Lobatto, Niels Hamel, Rudyard Kipling, Harry Elliot, Joze Chiuha, Marten Toonder, Karel Benes, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Aart Clerkx, graphic designer and personal friend of John Pierpont Morgan (1966-1983), the cat where it has all started for...
J. Pierpont Morgan - "Morgan' for short (1966-1983) - by Aart Clerkx
John Pierpont Morgan - a special cat indeed
The Cat Cabinet was founded in commemoration of the red and frisky tomcat John Pierpont Morgan (1966-1983), life long companion and buddy of the museum's founder, Bob Meijer. Every five years, on his birthday, J.P. Morgan would receive a special present which was related to himself. In honor of his first lustrum, he was given a portrait of himself by Ansèl Sanberg. On his tenth birthday, the gift was a bronze statue also representing himself. Unfortunately, this statue was stolen just before the Cat Cabinet opened its doors. To commemorate Morgan's 15th birthday, his friends and fans compiled a booklet with cat-limericks dedicated to Morgan, named: "Een hanige kat uit Toulouse" (A Cocky Cat from Toulouse). On that same birthday, J. Pierpont Morgan would get a second gift; Aart Clerxkz realized that the portrait of Washington on the American dollar bill could easily be replaced by Morgan's portrait . For this special occasion, a sole edition of dollar notes was printed, adapted in detail to J. Pierpont Morgan. The phrase on the flipside, "In god we trust", was replaced by "We trust no dog".
Bank of Pierpont Morgan (WE TRUST NO DOG) 1 dollar note - by Aart Clerkx, 1981
Museum website Het Kattenkabinet