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2016

NN Group partners with the Mauritshuis

21 January 2016

NN Group and the Mauritshuis in The Hague have signed a three-year collaboration agreement. The partnership aims to combine forces and generate enthusiasm for the Mauritshuis to a broader and more international audience.

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Exhibition: In and Out of Storage

02 February 2016

The store rooms of the museum are off limits to the public. This might make you curious. What paintings are stored there? How did they end up there? Why aren’t they hanging in the museum? And do they really hold unknown treasures, as is often thought to be the case? 4 February - 8 May 2016 the exhibition In and Out of Storage answers these questions and, for the first time, acquaints visitors with this invisible part of the collection of the Mauritshuis.

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Mauritshuis Acquires Rare Floral Still-life by Roelant Savery

10 March 2016

The Mauritshuis has acquired a masterpiece by the 17th-century painter Roelant Savery (1576 – 1639) for €6.5 million, thanks to the generous support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Rembrandt Association and a private individual. The painting, Vase of Flowers in a Stone Niche (1615), was destined to be on display at Tefaf in Maastricht. Mauritshuis knew that it had to act quickly, as it expected fierce competition for the work at the prestigious art fair, and managed to conclude the sale prior to the opening of Tefaf. The new acquisition was exhibited at Tefaf for the opening day today, and will remain on view for visitors for the duration of the fair.

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First Ever Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the Mauritshuis Museum

15 April 2016

The Mauritshuis in The Hague will reveal another side to its character in the summer of 2016. From 9 June to 4 September it will host an exhibition which reveals not the fronts of world famous paintings, like Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Vermeer's The Girl with a Pearl Earring, but their backs.

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Press Preview Vik Muniz: Verso

07 June 2016

It’s a first: a museum exhibition of Vik Muniz’s Versos. It’s also a first for the Mauritshuis: this show presents an exciting new spin on the museum’s collection through an extraordinary partnership with a contemporary artist. From 9 June to 4 September the Mauritshuis in The Hague will host Vik Muniz: Verso. An exhibition which reveals not the fronts of world famous paintings, like Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Vermeer's The Girl with a Pearl Earring, but an exact replica of their backs.

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British Queen lends 22 Paintings to the Mauritshuis

14 June 2016

A royal visit from Great Britain: from 29 September 2016 to 8 January 2017 the Mauritshuis in The Hague will exhibit a selection of the most important Dutch genre paintings from the British Royal Collection. The famous Royal Collection, held in trust by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, contains highlights from the oeuvres of famous painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu and Jan Steen. The highlight of the exhibition is The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer.

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Friends of the Mauritshuis Marks Second Anniversary with a Seventeenth-Century Bouquet of Roses

27 June 2016

The Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation has found a special way to commemorate the museum's second anniversary after its reopening. The Foundation announced today that it has acquired Roses in a Glass Vase, painted in around 1640-1645 by Jacob van Hulsdonck (1582-1647) and will place it on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis. The painting, which was on loan from a private collector, has been on display in the museum since early May as part of a temporary exhibition of flower paintings.

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Deputy Director Mauritshuis Announces Departure

07 July 2016

Deputy Director Victor Moussault (1956) will leave his position at the Mauritshuis as of 1 January 2017. After ten years at the museum, he will depart at a high point, and has chosen to pursue new challenges. He will focus on project management and consultancy work, as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the renovation of Het Loo Palace and other consulting projects, such as for the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, Norway.

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Paintings Donated by Baron Van Dedem on view in Mauritshuis in September

01 September 2016

The five seventeenth century masterpieces donated to the Friends of Mauritshuis Foundation by Willem Baron van Dedem in 2002 are now on display in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The paintings are: Still Life of Tazza by Pieter Claesz, Still Life of Fruit and Wine Glasses on a Silver Plate by Willem Kalf, Brazilian Landscape with a House under Construction by Frans Post, Winter Landscape at Arnhem by Salomon van Ruysdael and Peasants Dancing outside a Bohemian Inn by Roelant Savery. They are on view until 31 October 2016, in a special presentation in honour of Baron van Dedem, after which they will integrated into the permanent collection of the museum.

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Jan Steen research project

13 September 2016

Five works from the British Royal Collection to undergo technical research as part of Mauritshuis Jan Steen Research Project. The paintings will be included in the exhibition At Home in Holland from 29 September 2016.

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Timed Tickets for Exhibition: At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection

16 September 2016

The Mauritshuis has launched timed ticket sales online for the exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection (29 September 2016 – 8 January 2017).

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The Duchess of Cambridge to visit the Mauritshuis

21 September 2016

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Mauritshuis on 11 October 2016. The visit is planned to coincide with the exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the Royal Collection, which includes 22 important genre paintings from her family’s collection, and which will be open to the public from 29 September.

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"The Music Lesson" by Johannes Vermeer Returns to the Netherlands for First Time in Twenty Years. The Mauritshuis to Show Masterpiece in its Exhibition At Home in Holland

22 September 2016

"The Music Lesson" by Johannes Vermeer returns to the Netherlands this autumn for the first time in twenty years. This masterpiece, part of the British Royal Collection, was last on display in the Mauritshuis in 1996, as part of the major Johannes Vermeer exhibition. The painting will be the highlight of this autumn’s exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the British Royal Collection. The exhibition opens to the public on the 29th of September.

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Andrea Mantegna’s compelling painting Ecce homo on view in the Prince Willem V Gallery

30 September 2016

The Prince William V Gallery will be exhibiting the masterpiece Ecce Homo by Andrea Mantegna (circa 1431-1506), one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance, from 13 October through 18 December 2016. The painting will be shown alongside Old Masters such as Steen, Rubens and Potter in the special presentation Mantegna in the Gallery. This loan from the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris is the fourth international masterpiece to be presented in the Gallery. In previous years the Gallery exhibited paintings by Caravaggio, Titian and Velázquez.

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The Mauritshuis appoints Sander Uitdenbogaard as Deputy Director

04 October 2016

The Supervisory Board of the Mauritshuis has appointed Sander Uitdenbogaard as the museum’s new Deputy Director. Uitdenbogaard, currently Director at the Hague’s Panorama Mesdag, will take up his new position on 1 January 2017. In his new role he will be responsible for financial affairs, marketing, human resources and facilities. Uitdenbogaard succeeds Victor Moussault, who leaves the Mauritshuis to focus on project management and consultancy for institutions such as Het Loo Palace and the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, Norway.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Mauritshuis

11 October 2016

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Mauritshuis today. The visit coincides with the exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the British Royal Collection, which includes 22 important genre paintings from her family’s collection.

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Mauritshuis favourite The Goldfinch in Edinburgh

03 November 2016

Rare masterpiece by Carel Fabritius on temporary loan to the Scottish National Gallery

From 4 November through 18 December 2016, one of the most famous masterpieces in the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Goldfinch, will be shown in Scotland for the first time. The painting will feature in a special presentation at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. The painting will return to the Mauritshuis on time for Christmas.

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New App Reveals Secrets of Girl with a Pearl Earring. The Mauritshuis and Madpixel show Seventeenth Century Masterpieces as Never Before

10 November 2016

As of today a brand new app, Second Canvas Mauritshuis, renders Vermeers Girl with a Pearl Earring and ‘The Garden of Eden’ by Rubens and Brueghel to zoom in on the brushstrokes of the paintings in Gigapixel. This is the first app in the world to offer Gigapixel integrated infrared images, which take users below the surface a painting revealing to layers and millimeter-sized details that are not normally visible to the naked eye. The Mauritshuis has joined forces with an innovative digitisation company, Madpixel, to bring part of the collection to a broader audience in an entirely new way.

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Mauritshuis Launches Special Unforgettable Guided Tours for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Caregivers

30 November 2016

From December the Mauritshuis will offer special guided tours in Dutch for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The programme is offered in cooperation with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. During the Unforgettable Mauritshuis tour the participants will view a number of paintings from the collection and be encouraged to talk about them. Unforgettable focuses on the enjoyment of art; no prior knowledge is required. By sharing stories, memories, associations and ideas, participants interact with one another to bring the objects to life. The guide encourages interaction with creative assignments. Each month will focus on a different theme.

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Successful Exhibition At Home in Holland in the Mauritshuis extended until 5 February 2017

06 December 2016

Due to popular demand, the exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection has been extended. Masterpieces by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Gerrit Dou will be on show in the Mauritshuis until 5 February 2017 .

Director Emilie Gordenker: ‘We are delighted that Royal Collection Trust have given us the opportunity to extend the exhibition, to allow even more people the chance to enjoy these wonderful works from the British Royal Collection.’

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This spring in the Mauritshuis: Slow Food. Still Lifes of the Golden Age. Featuring masterpieces by Clara Peeters, Floris van Dijck, Pieter Claesz and others

14 December 2016

From 9 March through 25 June 2017 the Mauritshuis presents Slow Food. Still Lifes of the Golden Age , the first exhibition to be devoted to the development of still lifes depicting prepared food – called meal still lifes – that were created in Holland and Flanders from 1600 onwards. The cornerstone of the exhibition is a masterpiece acquired by the museum in 2012, Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels by Clara Peeters. Alongside this work the exhibition also features masterpieces from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and others.

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Mauritshuis presents catalogue of genre paintings.
New standard reference work on Dutch and Flemish genre painting

15 December 2016

The Mauritshuis has conducted extensive art historical and technical research into its collection of Dutch and Flemish genre paintings in recent years. The ensuing discoveries and insights have been incorporated into the new English-language catalogue, Genre Paintings in the Mauritshuis . This lavishly illustrated book can be considered as a new standard reference work on Dutch and Flemish genre painting. It is the third in the museum’s series of academic collection catalogues. The world-renowned collection of the Mauritshuis comprises more than a hundred Dutch and Flemish genre pieces, with masterpieces by specialists such as Jan Steen, Frans van Mieris, Gerard ter Borch, Adriaen van Ostade, Gabriël Metsu, Gerrit Dou and David Teniers.

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Mauritshuis looks back on a varied and successful year.
Museum expects to close the year with over 410,000 visitors

20 December 2016

The Mauritshuis looks back on a varied and successful year with highlights such as the acquisition of the rare flower still life Vase of Flowers in a Stone Niche by Roelant Savery, the first exhibition of contemporary art Vik Muniz: Verso and the visit to the Mauritshuis by the Duchess of Cambridge for the At Home in Holland exhibition. The museum expects to close the year having welcomed over 410,000 visitors, plus 28,000 to the Prince William V Gallery.

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