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Hans van Heeswijk architect for Mauritshuis on the Plein

The contract for the Master Plan Mauritshuis on the Plein has been awarded to Amsterdam-based Hans van Heeswijk Architects. The museum published its programme of requirements during the summer, thereby launching the process of selecting an architect for the Master Plan. Van Heeswijk’s practice was one of the firms asked to submit a concept design. After careful consideration, the selection committee, led by Chief Government Architect Liesbeth van der Pol, voted unanimously for his design. ‘A splendid design that does justice to the international eminence of the Mauritshuis.’

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Mauritshuis Signs Heads of Agreement for Travelling Exhibition in 2012

The directors of the Mauritshuis signed a document this morning in Tokyo with the media company Asahi Shimbun in the presence of the Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Ronald Plasterk. The agreement concerns the intention to organise a travelling exhibition of major works of art from the Mauritshuis in 2012. It is anticipated that over forty works from the Hague will be exhibited in Tokyo and subsequently in Kobe. Amongst the works included are well-known paintings, such as the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and the late Self-Portrait by Rembrandt.

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Room for Art, in 17th Century Antwerp

From 25 March until 27 June 2010, a new exhibition at the Mauritshuis will focus on a unique genre of painting: cabinet pictures known as ‘kunstkamers’. This genre originated in Antwerp, and the paintings depict rooms filled to the brim with artworks, like tiny fanciful museums. Three works by Willem van Haecht (1593-1637), one of the genre’s most important founders, will form the core of the exhibition Room for Art. This is the first time all three known paintings by the master, from the Mauritshuis, the Rubens House and a private collection,  will be shown together. Alongside Van Haecht’s exceptional paintings, the exhibition will also include masterpieces from other international museums and private collections. Together, the sixteen works in the exhibition offer an unrivalled survey of seventeenth-century Antwerp’s fascinating art world. Room for Art has been jointly organised with the Rubens House. You can visit the exhibition in Antwerp from 28 November 2008 until 28 February 2010.

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Mauritshuis Exhibits Extraordinary
Private Collection in 2010

The Mauritshuis is delighted to announce that it has the privilege of exhibiting a private collection of paintings, largely unknown to the public, in the autumn of 2010. Entitled Made in Holland, the exhibition consists of around forty paintings dating from the Dutch Golden Age that are outstanding in quality and frequently intriguing in subject matter. The selection includes works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Paulus Potter, Jan Steen and Hendrick Avercamp. The exhibition opens to the public on 4 November 2010 and will be on view until 30 January 2011 in The Hague.

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On Horseback! The World of Philips Wouwerman

Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668) is currently considered the most successful painter of horses of the Dutch Golden Age. His paintings were eagerly sought after by burghers and princes throughout Europe. Not only was he more famous in his own time than Rembrandt, he was also extremely productive. Although he died at a relatively young age, almost 600 paintings are attributed to him. The exhibition On Horseback! The World of Philips Wouwerman, which runs from 12 November 2009 until 28 February 2010 at the Mauritshuis, focuses on the work of this artist, who is relatively unknown today. Thirty-three of Wouwerman’s paintings and ten of his drawings will be on display. As many as a third of these works are from private collections: the Mauritshuis is delighted to be able to display these works to the public for the first time.

The exhibition has been jointly organised with the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Kassel, where it will be on view from 1 July – 11 October 2009

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Mauritshuis receives 2.6 million euros from the BankGiro Lottery

Mauritshuis will receive a one-time, 2.6 million euro award from the BankGiro Lottery. This was announced at the Goed Geld Gala (Charitable Funds Gala) in the city of Utrecht yesterday. The sum is intended for the development plans of the expansion of the museum into the former office building of The New Literary Society de Witte. “We are overjoyed with this large donation and enormously grateful to the Lottery. This contribution allows the realisation of development plans to take a giant leap forward.” according to Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis.

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Philips Wouwerman in the Spotlight at the Mauritshuis

This autumn the Mauritshuis presents an exhibition of the Dutch artist Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668). While relatively obscure today, Wouwerman was a famous painter in his own day and until well into the nineteenth century. His work was eagerly collected by burghers and princes throughout Europe. Although he is still well known to experts and collectors,  the Mauritshuis seeks to reintroduce Wouwerman to a larger public. The museum will present approximately 35 paintings and 10 drawings by Philips Wouwerman from 12 November 2009 to 28 February 2010. Horses play a leading role in these splendid works of art.

The exhibition is jointly organised with the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Kassel, where it will be on view from 2 July to 11 October 2009.

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