In the coming spring the Mauritshuis will be paying tribute to the 17th-century still-life painter Adriaen Coorte with the survey exhibition Ode to Coorte. His paintings usually depict fruit or vegetables, though sometimes also nuts or shells. Coorte’s facture was highly refined, and his works small in scale. The objects in his still lifes are often shown life-size, resting on a stone table, and always lit up against a dark background. Coorte’s oeuvre currently counts about 60 paintings, more than half of which will be on view at the exhibition.
Emilie Gordenker appointed director of the Mauritshuis
The Supervisory Board of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis has appointed Emilie Gordenker (1965, Princeton, N.J.) the new director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Presently, Ms Gordenker is a senior curator of Dutch and Flemish art at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. She will succeed Frits Duparc as director of the Mauritshuis as of 1 January 2008. Duparc will step down after a brief transitional period.
Mauritshuis Director Frits Duparc retires
Frits Duparc (59), director of the Royal Picture Gallery ‘The Mauritshuis’ in The Hague, will resign at the end of the year. Duparc has held this position since 1 May 1991. Under his directorship, the Mauritshuis emerged as one of the leading museums worldwide. The number of visitors increased to an average of 250,000 per year and in 1995 the museum was successfully privatised. Moreover, numerous masterpieces were acquired, including a Rembrandt and three panels by Rubens, and spectacular exhibitions were organised, such as Johannes Vermeer (1996), Rembrandt (1999), Hans Holbein (2003) and Rubens & Brueghel (2006).
Flowers in the Mauritshuis
Flowers in the Mauritshuis is the museum’s most recent publication. This gracefully designed book is devoted to a cherished part of the permanent collection, namely flower still lifes. It focuses on the museum’s twelve most beautiful flower still lifes, which were painted in the 17th and 18th century by specialists such as Ambrosius Bosschaert, Willem van Aelst, Jan Davidsz de Heem and Rachel Ruysch. In conjunction with this new publication, particular attention will be devoted to these paintings in the next four months.
Rembrandt's Portrait of Jan Six eye-catcher
The Mauritshuis is extremely pleased with the Six Collection’s recent pledge to lend Rembrandt’s Portrait of Jan Six from 1654 for the exhibition Dutch Portraits – The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals (13 October 2007 to 13 January 2008). Director F. J. Duparc: ‘ThePortrait of Jan Six is not only Rembrandt’s most beautiful likeness or the finest portrait of the seventeenth century. No, to me it is the most beautiful in the entire world. For years, I have dreamed of once being able to exhibit this painting in the Mauritshuis.’
In the age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals
In the autumn of 2007 the Mauritshuis will present a large survey exhibition of one of the most fascinating phenomena in the history of Western art: Dutch seventeenth-century portraiture. Nowhere else were so many portraits painted of burghers from all walks of life. Amazingly, the last exhibition devoted to this subject took place more than 50 years ago.
95,000 visit Rubens & Brueghel
Between 21 October 2006 and 28 January 2007, the exhibition Rubens & Brueghel – A Working Friendship attracted 95,000 visitors to the Mauritshuis. On 19 October 2006, the crown princes and princesses of the Netherlands and Belgium jointly opened the exhibition, which centred on the special collaboration between the two Antwerp artists and friends Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel.