Modern Masters Come to Visit at the Mauritshuis
15 September - 11 December 2011
The Mauritshuis, which is renowned for its magnificent collection of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, presents modern and old masters together this autumn. Masterpieces by artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Dalí will be exhibited alongside highlights from the museum’s own collection. Dalí Meets Vermeer: Modern Masters Come to Visit couples old and modern paintings in refreshing combinations, and displays one pair in each room of the museum. The confrontations will invite comparison and closer examination, revealing how painters of different eras grappled with the same artistic problems. Carel Blotkamp, Professor Emeritus of Modern Art at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is the exhibition’s guest curator.
Mauritshuis Launches Fundraising Campaign
In support of ambitious expansion project
The fundraising campaign in support of the ambitious expansion project ‘Mauritshuis building for the future’ began today. The museum is aiming to raise 5 million euros. Mauritshuis Director Emilie Gordenker launched the campaign during a gathering of invited guests at Plein 26: ‘The best of the Dutch Golden Age deserves a magnificent future. We hope that many businesses, funds, foundations, institutes and individuals will want to help us realise our plans for the future.
Mauritshuis Acquires Rare Dirck de Bray Flower Still Life
The Mauritshuis has acquired the exceptional painting Still Life of a Bouquet in the Making by Dirck de Bray (c.1635-1694) from a private collection. This spring bouquet is a fine addition to the museum’s rich collection of 17th-century flower still lifes, which forms an important part of the collection, with highlights by artists such as Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder and Jan Davidsz de Heem.
‘The Mauritshuis is delighted with this acquisition. Not only is this virtuoso flower piece an exceptionally beautiful painting, but it is in superb condition and is also extremely rare’, says Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis.
The new acquisition was made possible thanks to the support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Rembrandt Society (in part from the Stortenbekerfonds), as well as a private collector. It will be on display in the museum from today.
Mauritshuis Open in The Hague During Renovation:
Highlights On Display at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
The Mauritshuis is embarking on a unique collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. From 24 April 2012, around 70 highlights from the Mauritshuis collection will go on display at the Gemeentemuseum for a period of about two years. The paintings include View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer, The Bull by Paulus Potter and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn. The collaboration is the result of the Mauritshuis’s plans for expansion and renovation, which is due to take place between 2 April 2012 and mid-2014.
Mauritshuis Acquires Unique Painting by Jan Steen
The Mauritshuis has acquired the exceptional history painting, Moses and Pharaoh’s Crown by Jan Steen (1626-1679), from a private collection. The museum already owns a superb collection of fourteen paintings by Steen, including undisputed highlights such as Girl Eating Oysters and ‘As the Old Sing, So Twitter The Young’. Until now, however, a history painting by Steen was lacking, so Moses and Pharaoh’s Crown represents a very welcome addition to the Mauritshuis’s collection. The skilfully painted canvas depicts a little-known episode from the childhood of Moses and demonstrates Jan Steen’s exceptional talent as a storyteller.
The new acquisition has been made possible thanks to the support of the BankGiro Lottery and will be on display as part of the exhibition Spice of Life: Jan Steen in the Mauritshuis (3 March – 13 June 2011).
Spice of Life: Jan Steen in the Mauritshuis
This spring the Mauritshuis will host an exhibition focusing on Jan Steen (1626-1679). The museum owns a superb collection of fourteen paintings by this important Dutch Golden Age painter. Loans from other museums and private collections will be displayed alongside highlights from the Mauritshuis’s collection, such as ‘The Poultry Yard’, ‘Girl Eating Oysters’ and ‘As the Old Sing, So Twitter the Young'. This display will give visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with Steen’s versatility, sense of humour and unrivalled talent as a storyteller. Jan Steen always packed his images full of anecdotal and humorous details, his work epitomises the ‘spice of life’.
The last room of the exhibition will be turned into a temporary conservation studio, where visitors will be able to follow the restoration of two of Steen’s paintings. The exhibition has in part been made possible thanks to the financial support of Siemens Nederland.
Spice of Life will be on view at the Mauritshuis from 3 March until 13 June 2011.
A Succesful Year for the Mauritshuis: 240,000 visitors in 2010
The Mauritshuis can look back at a successful year with a well-attended exhibition programme. In total, almost 240,000 art lovers came to the museum: around half of these came from abroad, primarily from Japan and the United States/Canada. In addition to its main collection, the museum also hosted two exhibitions and two displays during the year, and on 1 September 2010, the Prince William V Gallery was officially re-opened.