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View the Mauritshuis with your ears- episode 1: Spinvis

One painting, one performer, one wonderful song. In our programme View the Mauritshuis with your ears we invite well-known singer-songwriters to draw inspiration from a work in the Mauritshuis collection. Spinvis kicks things off with an ode to our most famous work of all: Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.
On Thursday 21 November, the singer presented the song 'Parel' during an intimate mini-concert in the Mauritshuis.

Listen to the song 'Parel' by Spinvis

Mini-concert Spinvis at the Mauritshuis

Missed the Spinvis mini-concert? We recorded the concert live at our Facebookpagina. Listen to the Spinvis concert!

Spinvis Bekijk het Mauritshuis met je oren

View the Mauritshuis with your ears

Writers, film makers, photographers: many creative minds have drawn inspiration from the masterpieces shown at the Mauritshuis. Their work can help you to see our collection with fresh eyes. And this is exactly what we also hope to achieve with our new musical programme Bekijk het Mauritshuis met je oren ('View the Mauritshuis with your ears'). We've challenged a number of different singer-songwriters to write a new song for us - and turn to our collection for inspiration. They work in a variety of genres, from pop to metal; classical to punk; with or without lyrics. Adding four new musical tributes per year, over time this programme will yield a unique new playlist, inspired by the many masterpieces in our collection.

Spinvis's choice

The artist who set the ball rolling is none other than Spinvis, the one-man band formed by Erik de Jong. During his visit to the Mauritshuis, Spinvis looked at over 15 works, including Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. He noted the following about this painting: "It may seem a very obvious choice to write a song about. But I felt a bit hesitant about it too, since it is such a classic, world-famous work". Still, in the end Spinvis decided to choose it anyway. "Basically, everything is an ode to death and time. And the only thing in between is a bit of love. That’s it". In his song 'Parel', Spinvis plays with the mysteries and fictions surrounding Vermeer's iconic painting.

Spinvis zingt zijn nummer Parel

View the Mauritshuis with your ears is made possible by NN Group

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