Alex Wynaendts new Chairman of
Mauritshuis Supervisory Board
On 1 January 2011, Alex Wynaendts (50) will become the new Chairman of the Mauritshuis Supervisory Board. He will succeed Antony Burgmans, who led the Board with a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment over the last eight years.
Joint Opening for Prison Gate Museum and Prince William V Gallery
The Prison Gate Museum (Museum de Gevangenpoort) and Prince William V Gallery (Galerij Prins Willem V) will open their doors to the public from 2 September 2010. These two historic buildings on the Hofvijver have just completed extensive renovation and refurbishment. The new complex will offer visitors the opportunity to explore a centuries-old complex that tells the story of legal and royal power in the Netherlands from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century. At the Prison Gate Museum, the building and collection show how Dutch prisoners were incarcerated, tried and punished; at the Prince William V Gallery, visitors will encounter an eighteenth-century royal collection.
Made in Holland: Old Masters from a private collection in America
A selection of highlights from the remarkable art collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo will be on display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague this autumn. The exhibition Made in Holland: Old Masters from a private collection in America features 44 masterpieces produced by Dutch masters during the Golden Age. Not only are these works of outstanding quality, their subject matter is often intriguing. The selection includes works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Paulus Potter, Jan Steen and Hendrick Avercamp. One floor of the Mauritshuis will be transformed into the home of Van Otterloos for a period of three months. This will offer a unique opportunity to view these works, which are rarely exhibited in public. Made in Holland opens to the public on 4 November 2010 and will be on view until 30 January 2011 in The Hague. The Dutch showing of this exhibition has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Turing Foundation, NIBC and the Friends of the Mauritshuis.
Mauritshuis Unveils Preliminary Design, Ambitious extension will create more space and opportunities
The preliminary design for the 22 million euro project ‘Mauritshuis building for the future’ was unveiled today.
The ambitious design links Plein 26, the art deco building opposite the Mauritshuis in The Hague which is part of the Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte, with the museum by means of an underground foyer, thus doubling the square footage and increasing its potential. The project is expected to be completed by mid 2014.
Mauritshuis Presents The Young Vermeer
The three earliest paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) will be on display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague from 12 May until 22 August 2010. It is the first time these works by the well-loved painter from the Dutch Golden Age have been shown together in the Netherlands. These early painting are atypical for Vermeer. They do not represent richly decorated interiors filled with alluring women; instead he painted three remarkably large works depicting a mythological scene, a story from the Bible and a rather daring scene from everyday life. Nonetheless, every one of them reveals Vermeer’s hand and his interest in capturing stillness and the fall of light.
Unique Series of Craeyvanger Family Portraits On Display at the Mauritshuis
The Mauritshuis will display ten exceptional portraits of Arnhem’s Craeyvanger family from 10 February 2010 until 16 January 2011. The paintings are the only known series of portraits of the members of a single family - father, mother and eight children - to have survived from the seventeenth century. The series’ existence was relatively unknown until the paintings came up for auction in 2009. A private collection has lent the works to the Mauritshuis, where the unique ensemble will be on display to the public for the first time in the Netherlands