Over 265,000 visit the Mauritshuis in 2006
2006 was another succesful year for the Mauritshuis. In addition to the permanent collection, there were two fantastic exhibitions and a Rembrandt presentation on show. A total of over 265,000 art lovers visited the Mauritshuis – an increase of more than 15,000 compared to 2005. The exhibition entitled Rubens & Brueghel – A Working Friendship will be open until Sunday 28 January.
Mauritshuis appoints new deputy director
Per 1 January, Victor Moussault (50) will be the new deputy director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague. He had been the general director of the Zaanse Schans Foundation and the Zaandam Museum Foundation since 2001. With his appointment the management of the Mauritshuis is up to full strength.
Legion d'honneur for Frits Duparc
The director of the Mauritshuis, Frits Duparc, has been appointed a member of the Légion d’honneur. On 5 October, the French ambassador, Mr Jean-Michel Gaussot, awarded him the decorations of this order. Mr Gaussot praised Duparc as an ‘ambassador of Art and an ambassador of the Museum’.
Summer with more than 60,000 visitors for Rembrandt
A summer full of Rembrandt was seen by 60,419 visitors. This presentation was on view in the Mauritshuis from 26 June to 24 September 2006. Also well attended were the children’s activities organised on four afternoons during the summer vacation.
Pavilion for Antwerp artists
From 21 October, the Mauritshuis will present the exhibition Rubens & Brueghel – A Working Friendship, devoted to the remarkable collaboration between the celebrated painters Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder. This is the first exhibition to be dedicated to this extraordinarily interesting subject. Preparations in The Hague, including the construction of a large pavilion on the Hofvijver, are well under way.
Early announcement Rubens & Brueghel
In the fall of 2006 the Mauritshuis will present the exhibition Rubens & Brueghel – a working friendship devoted to the remarkable collaboration between the celebrated painters Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder. Combining forces, these leading Antwerp artists produced some phenomenal paintings in which Rubens painted the figures and Brueghel the landscape with flowers and animals. Along with twelve joint efforts by Rubens and Brueghel, works for which they teamed up with other contemporaries will also be displayed (for example, Brueghel with Hendrick de Clerck, Rubens with Frans Snijders).
A summer full of Rembrandt
In honour of Rembrandt’s 400th anniversary the Mauritshuis is presenting A summer full of Rembrandt from 26 June through 18 September. The world-famous master was born 400 years ago, on Saturday, 15 July to be precise. Three of Rembrandt’s most beautiful works in the Mauritshuis’ collection were restored specially for this occasion: Simeon’s song of praise of 1631, Homer of 1663 and the Self-portrait painted in 1669, the year of Rembrandt’s death.
Managing director Rik van Koetsveld to leave the Mauritshuis
Rik van Koetsveld (58) has been appointed business director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum Mesdag in The Hague effective as of 1 June. He has been the Mauritshuis’ managing director since 1989.