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Upcoming exhibitions

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Johannes Vermeer, detail of View on Delft , c. 1660 - 1661

Alone with Vermeer – ‘The most beautiful painting in the world’

26 September 2020 t/m 3 January 2021 - There is one painting in the Mauritshuis’s rich collection, which includes such visitor favourites as Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Bull and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, that many visitors to the Mauritshuis have built up a particular bond with: View of Delft. The renowned French novelist Marcel Proust visited the Mauritshuis in 1902 and was deeply impressed by Vermeer’s masterpiece. Many years later he wrote in a letter: ‘From the moment that I saw View of Delft in the museum in The Hague, I knew that I had seen the most beautiful painting in the world’. This exhibition consists solely of the View of Delft. During a pre-booked slot, visitors will have the opportunity – either alone or in a very small group – to experience in silence the effect that this very special artwork has on them. An ideal viewing experience is being created to support this: subtle design, perfect lighting and no external sounds or distractions. Alone with Vermeer. For many this display offers the opportunity to (re)discover their favourite painting, with which they sometimes already have a strong bond, in a unique environment. This presentation draws attention to the strength of our permanent collection and was created with the support of Rembrandt Society and the Turing Foundation.

Geur en verbeelding in de Gouden Eeuw Jan Brueghel the Younger, Allegory of Smell, c.1630. Private collection

Fleeting – Scents in Colour

11 February 2021 – 6 June 2021 - An exhibition about the portrayal of smell in seventeenth-century art. Scented flowers and perfumes, foul-smelling canals and unpleasant body odours, smell and well-being, new aromas from far-away lands (spices, tobacco, coffee and tea), the disappearing smells of the bleaching fields, old crafts and more. Can life in the seventeenth century be captured in smell? How are smell (and scent) portrayed? What significance did people attach to smell? And what aromatic connotations do artworks have? In this exhibition, the Mauritshuis will undertake smell-historical research. In the vicinity of the art, various historic scents will be prepared to bring the paintings in the exhibition to life.

Girl points toGirl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665

Hello Vermeer!

10 July t/m 05 September 2021 - From 10 July 2021, the hands-on family exhibition Hello Vermeer! can be enjoyed at the Mauritshuis. Families with children aged 3 to 11 can get to know Vermeer via various activities in the museum. During the summer of 2019, families got to know Rembrandt in the hands-on family exhibition Hello Rembrandt! Now children can follow in the footsteps of another great Dutch master: Johannes Vermeer. Together, families will learn more about Vermeer. What paint did he use in his pictures? How did he play with light? How do his paintings continue to inspire people around the world? Various fun activities and creative workshops will enable children to really get to know this seventeenth-century artist. Entry is free to visitors aged 18 or under.

Als kunst wetenschap wordt Detail from Frans Hals’s painting, Portrait of Aletta Olycan, 1625, during restoration

Facelifts & make-overs

7 October 2021 t/m 9 January 2022 - Very few people know that there is a conservation studio in the Mauritshuis attic. A team of in-house conservators works there, dedicating their time to conservation, restoration and research and ensuring that the collection remains in top condition. In 2021 it will be some 25 years since the studio was installed in the attic. In Facelifts and Makeovers the most intriguing restorations of the past twenty years will be unveiled, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen and Rubens, but also by some lesser-known artists such as Cornelis de Heem and Jacob Ochtervelt. Restoring centuries-old paintings appeals to the imagination. What does it involve? What can we learn from conservation treatment? What do paintings look like ‘before’ and ‘after’? And what have been the most surprising findings?

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