Exhibitions in 2005

(Encore Edition)

Four top museums in the Netherlands will mount special exhibitions.  In Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum.  In the Hague: the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.  And in Otterlo: the Kröller-Müller Museum.  We are pleased to be able to bring you advance information on these events.

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The Masterpieces:
The Rijksmuseum presents its highlights of the Golden Age: the wonderful dolls' houses, a treasure-trove of silver, the most beautiful Delftware, magnificent militia paintings, icons from Dutch history, and of course, the famous paintings by Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt. The collection of over 400 masterpieces tells the impressive story of the political, economic and artistic wonders of the Golden Age.Ongoing until 2008

Winter in Holland: Dutch Winter Landscapes
The changing of the seasons is one of the oldest themes in Western European art, with the winter undergoing nature’s most spectacular metamorphosis. Several works from the Rijksmuseum collection present an exceedingly varied and sublime picture of winter.   December 21, 2004 to March 21, 2005, Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Rijksmuseum Satellites
The Rijksmuseum continues to show its collection to the widest possible audiences at home and abroad. A number of 'satellite museums' are presenting exhibitions of works from the Rijksmuseum collection during the time that the Rijksmuseum is being renovated. Parts of the collection can be seen in Holland (Assen, Maastricht, Enschede, Dordrecht, The Hague, Apeldoorn), Belgium (Antwerp), Germany (Kleve), and the USA (Dayton OH, Phoenix AZ, and Portland OR).

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam 
L'Art Nouveau. The Bing Empire
A major exhibition on the emergence of the French Art Nouveau movement viewed from the perspective of art dealer and collector Siegfried Bing (1838-1905). The name of his Paris gallery, L’Art Nouveau, was adopted to describe the late nineteenth-century art movement, otherwise known as Jugendstil. More than 400 objects and works of art that passed through Bing’s gallery will be presented: glassware from Tiffany, paintings and sculptures by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Claudel and Vuillard, furniture, and ceramics and jewelry by Van de Velde, Colonna, De Feure and Gaillard. It is the first exhibition in Holland of this magnitude to focus on the French Art Nouveau. Vincent van Gogh developed a fascination for Japanese prints while in Paris (1886-88) and bought hundreds of woodcuts from art dealer Siegfried Bing. A selection from Vincent and his brother Theo's collection of around 500 prints will be on show. The exhibition also includes works by Van Gogh that were influenced by Japanese examples. 
November 26, 2004 – February 27, 2005,

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Egon Schiele
The first retrospective in Holland of work by the Viennese Expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Around twenty paintings and eighty watercolors will be on display. Originally profoundly influenced by Gustav Klimt, Schiele soon began to forge his own path. His expressive style had little to do with traditional aesthetic ideas, evolving instead from his desire to express personal emotion. Apart from the prevailing erotic motifs, his oeuvre is also remarkable for his many impressive portraits. He was less concerned with recording their superficial likeness than with revealing their innermost emotions. 
March 25 – June 19, 2005, 

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Van Gogh Draughtsman - The Masterpieces
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was one of the greatest draughtsmen to emerge in the 19th century. He produced a huge number of drawings. Apart from his many studies, these include highly ambitious sheets that testify to his capacity for artistic innovation. This survey of his drawings was compiled with a single aim: to bring together around 100 of the finest and most important drawings of Van Gogh’s entire oeuvre. Van Gogh began his artistic career in 1880 as a draughtsman and concentrated on drawing for the next three years. Even when he began to develop as a painter, drawing remained a passion. The exhibition also features a number of paintings in which motifs appear relating to the drawings.

July 2 – September 18, 2005

Note: In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition can be seen in New York from October 11 to December 31, 2005.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Fierce Friends. Artists & animals in the Industrial Era, 1750-1900
‘Fierce Friends’ is an ambitious exhibition about the radical change in human attitudes towards animals. During the Enlightenment (18th century), the idea that animals had a soul was rediscovered. Iin the late 19th century, excavations of dinosaurs transformed concepts of time while Darwin’s theory of evolution caused a revolution in human consciousness. The exhibition shows how these developments were reflected in art. The changing ways people thought about animals are illustrated by i.e. George Stubbs, Antoine Barye, Rosa Bonheur, and Franz Marc. Apart from paintings and sculptures, the show also features scientific illustrations, stuffed animals, decorative art, fossils, photos and memorabilia from the history of animal protection, in all some 250 objects. 
October 5, 2005 – February 5, 2006,

Note: In collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. The exhibition can be seen in Pittsburgh from April to July 2006.

Van Gogh Friday Night
The museum will remain open every Friday night until 10 pm. In addition to the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions, the Friday evening program features special events, including lectures, guided tours, readings and live music.

Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague
Painted Illusions, Cornelius Gijsbrechts
The originally Flemish painter Gijsbrechts entered the service of the Danish court in 1668. In the following four years he produced a unique series of trompe l'oeil paintings for King Frederik III and his successor Christiaan V. While various 17th century artists attempted to paint the odd trompe l'oeil representation, Gijsbrechts made it his speciality. His partially open wall cabinets, letter racks, turned back cloths and hunting still life’s ingeniously deceive the viewer's eye.
  February 4 – May 15, 2005,

Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague
Vermeer from Vienna
Exceptional, and one of the most celebrated paintings by Vermeer, The Art of Painting, c.1666-8, from the collection of the Kuntshistorisches Museum in Vienna will be on loan for three months. It shows an artist, possibly Vermeer himself, in the studio painting a beautiful young woman dressed up as Clio, the ancient muse of history. Countless refinements, such as the careful rendering of the details and different surface textures, as well as subtle gradations of light, are testimonies to Vermeer’s supreme accomplishments as a painter. 
March 26 – June 26, 2005,

During the presentation in the Mauritshuis, the painting will be exhibited together with three other Vermeer highlights: Diana and her nymphs, View on Delft and Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague
Frans van Mieris (1635-1681)
The painter Frans van Mieris enjoyed great fame both in Holland and abroad even during his lifetime. He received commissions, for example, from Cosimo III de Medici and Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Vienna. Van Mieris and his master Gerrit Dou were the most important representatives of the Leiden fine painters’ school. Van Mieris specialized in small genre scenes and portraits. His representations of materials, his meticulous style and his use of color are virtually unsurpassed. There has never previously been an overview of his entire oeuvre. A joint enterprise with the National Gallery of Art in Washington.  
October 1, 2005 - February 2006,

In 2005 the Mauritshuis will also be open on Mondays.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
Helene’s Favorites
Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) is the museum’s founder and one of the first European women to amass a major art collection at the beginning of the 20th century.
‘Helene’s Favorites’ comprises highlights from the museums collection including paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Jozef Israels, Jan Toorop, Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Odilon Redon, and Paul Signac. Applied arts and sculptures by Joseph Mendes da Costa, Johan Altorf, John Rädecker, Joseph Czaky and George Minne, Blanc de Chine ceramics, Chinese jade and ivory, Greek and Egyptian vases and sculptures. The collection assembled by Helene Kröller-Müller consists of approximately 12,000 objects. 
August 10, 2004 – September 1, 2005, 

We bring you this information with the compliments of the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions