Press release Visitors 2005
2005 was an especially successful year: a quarter of a million people visited the Mauritshuis. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosted two splendid exhibitions and a unique Vermeer presentation. A total of 250,000 museum-goers visited the museum. Compared to 2004, this marked an increase of more than 45,000 visitors.
Press release Gallery Game a huge success
Between 15 and 30 November, more than 3.600 people played the Mauritshuis Gallery Game, with which the museum celebrated the launching of its new site.
Press release launche website
Today the Mauritshuis is launching its new website www.mauritshuis.nl. Starting now, the museum’s collection can be accessed through a virtual visit 24 hours a day. The most important paintings are described in detail, and you can see immediately whether they are on view in the gallery. To stimulate interest in the new website (Dutch and English), the Mauritshuis is also beginning a worldwide buzz marketing campaign.
Press release Dreaming of Italy
The sun will be shining in the Mauritshuis in the spring of 2006. The museum presents the exhibition Dreaming of Italy, which highlights artists’ love of Italy - the country of light, warmth, art and culture – throughout the centuries. The many facets of Italy’s appeal are disclosed by means of approximately 50 exceptional masterpieces.
Press release acquisitions Rubens and Ruisdael
Mauritshuis acquires two seventeenth-century masterpieces:
Old Woman and Boy with Candles by Peter Paul Rubens
Bentheim Castle by Jacob van Ruisdael.
Press release Frans van Mieris in August
In just over five weeks' time, the paintings of Frans van Mieris will fill the galleries of the Mauritshuis. It is the first major comprehensive exhibition of the painter known as the best representative of Dutch fijnschilders, or ‘fine painters’.
Press release closing The Eye Deceived
The exhibition The Eye Deceived - painted illusions by Cornelius Gijsbrechts at the Mauritshuis was seen by 116,453 visitors from opening 5 February to closure 29 May.
Press release Frans van Mieris in May
The Mauritshuis will be hosting an exhibition of paintings by Frans van Mieris the Elder from 1 October 2005 to 22 January 2006. Van Mieris is one of the most eminent representatives of the Dutch ‘fijnschilders’ (‘fine’ or neat painters). In an attempt to present a perfect mirror of reality, these 17th-century artists depicted fabrics and other materials in a highly meticulous and detailed manner.
Press release opening Bertolli Caffè
Working closely with Bertolli, the Mauritshuis is pleased to announce the opening of a cafe in the basement level. The Bertolli Caffè in the Mauritshuis will be run by Bertolli from their branch on the Plein in The Hague as of 1 May. With the caffè, the Mauritshuis is delighted to once again offer its public a stylish museum restaurant.
Press release Vienna Vermeer
One of Vermeer’s great masterpieces, The art of painting (c. 1666-68) from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, will be presented in the Mauritshuis from 25 March to 26 June 2005. Due to its fragile condition, The art of painting could not travel to the major Vermeer exhibition that was held in the Mauritshuis in 1996.
Press release The Eye Deceived
An exhibition of paintings by Cornelius Gijsbrechts aptly entitled Eyes Deceived will be on view in the Mauritshuis from 5 February to 15 May 2005. This Southern-Netherlandish painter was a master in trompe-l'oeils, literally ‘deceptions of the eye’.