Art

Mondriaan flower mosaic in the Keukenhof, March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:55

The Keukenhof opens for the season on Thursday. This season will be in the theme of Dutch Design, with floral designs inspired by works by Dutch artists. The center piece this year is a floral work inspired by Mondriaan, NU.nl reports.

The Mondriaan work is a 250 square meters floral mosaic designed in the famous Mondriaan colored squares and rectangles. A massive 80 thousand bulbs were planted in two layers to keep the mosaic in bloom throughout the spring. It consists of tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Mar 21 '17 16:55

Octave Durham, from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002, claims that after the robbery he went into hiding and got refuge from football legend Patrick Kluivert in Barcelona. Kluivert calls these allegations pure nonsense and plans on suing Durham for libel, his lawyer said to AD.

Mar 21 '17 15:20

Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2002, are finally back home. On Tuesday the museum invited members of the press to see the works for the first time in just over 14 years. From Wednesday the paintings will be on display to the public, AD reports.

Mar 21 '17 14:45

The pistol used to kill populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 became part of the Rijksmuseum's collection in 2012, former director Wim Pijbes said to Quote. Fortuyn's relatives donated the weapon to the museum via the Public Prosecutor, NU.nl reports.

In 2010 the Rijksmuseum announced interest in buying the firearm, in order to one day exhibit it. But due to a commotion that arose, Pijbes abandoned the purchase. After "extensive consultations with the Fortuyn family" the murder weapon was given to the museum in 2012. 

Mar 20 '17 09:02

One of two men convicted for stealing two paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, told his story to the Telegraaf over the weekend. Octave Durham told the newspaper that he and companion Henk B. actually wanted to steal the famous paintings Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, but the first was too well guarded and the second was too large to fit through the window they broke to get into the museum.

Mar 14 '17 13:25

The municipality of Amsterdam is hard at work getting artworks for the subway stations along the city's new Noord-Zuid subway line. The Rokin station will feature huge mosaics made of stone by British-French artist duo Danie Dewar and Gregory Gicquel, Het Parool reports.

Mar 6 '17 14:19

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is being renovated. The renovations will include a new, larger entrance on the Westermark and more space for educational visits, AD reports. 

The former student housing on the Westermark will become part of the Anne Frank House, making more space available at the museum for educational tours and visitor facilities. The museum also plans to offer visitors more historical context, so that they can better experience the story of Anne Frank and her hiding place.

Multatuli Museum in Amsterdam
Mar 1 '17 16:00

A letter written by the widow of writer Multatuli in 1930 recently surfaced in Groningen. It was found in a old book, which was recently given to a used book shop, RTV Noord reports.

In the letter widow Mimi Hamminck Schepel thanks an employee of the University of Groningen for his commitment to the work of her deceased husband Multatuli. By that time he had been dead for almost half a century.

The Bosch beast, built to celebrate Den Bosch year of Hieronymus Bosch, Dec 2016
Feb 26 '17 11:00

The Noordbrabants Museum and the Museo del Prado together won the prestigious Global Award for Fine Art for the exhibition which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Dutch artist's death last year, Omroep Brabant reports.

Feb 17 '17 15:08

Dutch artist Dick Bruna died Thursday night at the age of 89. Bruna, best known as the creator of cartoon rabbit Nijntje, passed away in his hometown of Utrecht, according to his publisher.

Over 85 million copies of his books in the “Nijntje” series, or “Miffy” in the English-speaking world, have been sold worldwide. The books are still published in at least 50 languages.

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after assassinating Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey on 19 Dec 2016. Photo was awarded the World Press Photo of the year 2015
Feb 13 '17 13:20

Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici of Associate Press was awarded the World Press Photo in Amsterdam on Monday. He won with his photo of 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, who gunned down a Russian ambassador in Turkey on December 19th last year. The photo was taken during the attack on ambassador Andrei Karlov.

Self portrait by Piet Mondriaan, Circa 1900
Feb 10 '17 16:45

A painting believed to be the work of Dutch artist Piet Mondriaan was found among boxes of discarded furniture in a thrift store in Naarden. The painting of a withered sunflower shows strong resemblance to Mondriaan's earlier work, auctioneer Rob Mulders said to RTL Nieuws.

Feb 10 '17 16:10

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is planning to hold an exhibition on the Netherlands' slavery history in 2020, director Taco Dibbits said to the Volkskrant on Friday. "In good and bad ways, it is all part of it and all must be shown", he said. 

The Rijksmuseum manages several objects that refer to the history of slavery. These include dioramas made of slave plantations, etchings and paintings depicting slaves and child slaves as servants in portraits of citizens. The museum also has a number of artworks showing the darker side of Dutch seafaring.

Feb 8 '17 11:45

Two Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam in 2002 and then in the home of a mafia boss in Italy last year, is currently on show in Naples, Italian news site The Local reports. The paintings are on show in Naples until February 26th, as a thank you to the city for the local police's role in tracking them down. 

Margriet van Breevoort's 'Homunculus Loxodontus' at LUMC
Feb 6 '17 17:05

An Amsterdam artist's sculpture for the academic hospital in Leiden has become an internet sensation in Russia. It seems that the monster statue - a gray blob with the head of a sea elephant waiting for a seat with its hands patiently folded - perfectly embodies the Russian 'waiting' culture, a leftover from the communist era during which almost all goods had to be waited for, Het Parool reports.

Jan 20 '17 10:02

Two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh, which were found in the last year, are returning to the Netherlands.

Skating on Amsterdam's Museumplein
Jan 9 '17 15:25

Nearly 1.3 million people in the Netherlands have a museum pass, and together they used it for 8.5 million museum visits last year, the organization behind the car announced. Card holders visit museums an average of 6.6 time per year, ANP reports.

The Dutch Museum Pass is now 35 years old and continues to grow. In 2015 there were 1.2 million pass holders who visited museums 8.3 million times.

Landscape with the Good Samaritan - Rembrandt van Rijn
Dec 30 '16 15:15

The Polish government reached a deal with a local aristocratic family to buy the family's art collection for 100 million euros. The collection consists of over 300 thousand pieces of art - including a Rembrandt painting and a Leonardo da Vinci - and a library owned by the Czartoryski Foundation. It is valued at over 2 billion euros, Bloomberg reports.

George Michael performing in Munich, Germany in October 2006
Dec 26 '16 08:43

Celebrities around the world, including in the Netherlands, responded with shock and dismay to the news of George Michael's death. His manager announced that the British singer died at his home in London and was found on Christmas morning, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dutch girl at breakfast by Jean-Etienne Liotard
Dec 21 '16 09:41

The Rijksmuseum bought an 18th century painting by Jean-Etienne Liotard titled Dutch girl at breakfast for nearly 5.2 million euros. The painting, which was owned by a British noble family for over 240 years, is the first purchase made by new director Taco Dibbits, the Telegraaf reports.

This week the British government issued an export license for the painting to be brought to the Netherlands.

The Bosch beast, built to celebrate Den Bosch year of Hieronymus Bosch, Dec 2016
Dec 20 '16 12:20

This year Den Bosch dedicated the entire year to locally born artist Hieronymus Bosch. During the year 1.3 million people visited the city. A small 422 thousand people from 81 different countries visited the Hieronymus Bosch - visions of a genius exhibition in the Noordbrabants Museum, Omroep Brabant reports.

The year of Hieronymus Bosch came to an official end on Sunday, with a party on the Wilhelminaplein. There was music and fireworks and the unveiling of the so-called Bosch Beast, a massive metal owl. 

Dec 14 '16 12:50

The court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday that the Allard Pierson Museum in the city must return treasures from four Crimea museums to the Ukraine. The lawsuit was, AT5 reports.

The Crimea museums loaned hundreds of artifacts to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in 2014 for an exhibition titled Crimea - Gold and secrets of the Black Sea.

Dec 14 '16 07:38

A historic farm house and art collection in Deest, Gelderland were reduced to ashes on Tuesday night. The fire started in the farmhouse around 8:00 p.m. and by 9:30 p.m. it was clear that the building could not be saved, the Gelderlander reports.

The home belonged to painter Kenne Gregoire. He, his wife and their dog all managed to escape the fire unharmed. They were given shelter with neighbors.

Landscape near Arnhem by Piet Mondriaan
Dec 8 '16 12:55

A previously unknown painting by Piet Mondriaan turned up at the Amsterdam branch of Christie’s auction house, the firm revealed this week. The watercolor landscape of fields and hills near Arnhem was painted in either 1902 or 1903, the auction house told the Parool.

It is expected to sell for between 120,000 and 180,000 euro when it goes up for auction on Dec. 13. The piece never appeared in a museum gallery, and has never been sold in a publicly-known event.

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