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Emilie Gordenker nieuwe directeur Van Gogh Museum

16 October 2019

The Supervisory Board of the Van Gogh Museum announced today that Emilie Gordenker has been appointed General Director of the Van Gogh Museum. As of 1 February 2020 she will succeed the former General Director Axel Rüger, who is – as of 1 June 2019 - Secretary and CEO at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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Mauritshuis acquires three paintings by Nicolaes Berchem

18 June 2019

The Mauritshuis has acquired three allegorical paintings by Nicolaes Berchem. Together with Allegory of Summer – which has been at the Mauritshuis since 1992 - they form an exceptional ensemble. The four paintings show the seasons and were made around 1670 to decorate an Amsterdam canal house. The series was broken up in the late nineteenth century, but has now been reunited.

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Mauritshuis receives Portrait of Van Kretschmar by Perronneau

18 March 2019

Last year the Mauritshuis received a generous gift from Jonkheer F.G.L.O. van Kretschmar: a magnificent pastel portrait by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Perronneau (c. 1715-1783), 1754. The portrait shows Jacob van Kretschmar of The Hague, the donor’s ancestor. The pastel, which had remained in the family, is a superb example of Perronneau’s work. Pastels are extremely sensitive to light, and so cannot be on permanent display, but from today the new acquisition will be exhibited for several months in Room 13.

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Launch of New Maurits Mouse Children’s Book during Museum Night Kids

15 March 2019

The new picture book Maurits Mouse and Rembrandt will be launched at the Mauritshuis during Museum Night Kids on Saturday 16 March. During a special reading, the book’s authors Ingrid and Dieter Schubert will be presenting a first copy to none other than Maurits Mouse himself. The book is published by Leopold Publishers in collaboration with the Mauritshuis and ties in with the celebratory year Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age.

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Rembrandt…? Attribution of two Paintings in Mauritshuis Collection to be Researched

30 January 2019

After the exhibition Rembrandt and the Mauritshuis has ended, the Mauritshuis will embark on new research into two paintings in its collection to determine whether or not they are indeed by Rembrandt. The works in question are Study of an Old Man from 1650 and ‘Tronie’ of an Old Man from c. 1630-31. Both were purchased as genuine Rembrandts by then Mauritshuis director Abraham Bredius, in 1891 and 1892, but are today considered ‘doubtful’ by the museum. Both paintings will also be thoroughly restored.

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Mauritshuis Acquires Painting by Rembrandt’s Most Influential Teacher
Pieter Lastman: St John the Baptist Preaching (1627)

16 January 2019

The Mauritshuis has for many years had an engaging and high-quality painting by Pieter Lastman (1583-1633), Rembrandt’s most influential teacher, on its wish list. This dream has now been fulfilled with the acquisition of St John the Baptist Preaching of 1627. The painting was purchased from an American owner by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation with the support of a private donor.

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