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Upcoming exhibitions

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Vervlogen afbeelding 965 breed

Fleeting – Scents in Colour

11 February 2021 – 6 June 2021 - 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.

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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