A Van Gogh masterpiece was stolen during an early morning break-in at the Singer Museum in Laren, museum officials confirmed Monday afternoon. The theft of the painting, called "De Lentetuin," shocked and angered museum management, they said during a press conference.
"I am extremely pissed off that this happened. This is a huge blow," said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm. "This is extremely difficult, especially in these times."
Museums all around the Netherlands have begun offering content online to give patrons a taste of culture while facilities remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several others have added a variety of children's content to entertain and educate young students forced to stay at home while their schoolhouse doors stay shut.
With people spending longer periods of time at home, two film festivals are putting more of their programming online. The unique content provides viewers with a different perspective than the paid television channels given away for free by Dutch telecoms KPN and VodafoneZiggo.
For ten years Ied van der Mersch had an etching she inherited from her father hanging under the stairs, only to recently find out that it was made by none other than Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. "Really stupid," she said on television program Jinek. "My father was always reasonably convinced that it was a Rembrandt. For some reason, I didn't have that feeling."
Van der Mersch took the etching to television program Tussen Kunst & Kitsch - "Simply under the arm in a bag from Albert Heijn," she said - where art connoisseur Bas Hesselink identified the work.
The city of Amsterdam filed a police report regarding 24 artworks that were never recovered from the Slotervaart Hospital collection of nearly 200 pieces after the hospital was declared bankrupt in October 2018. Over the years, the municipality also loaned 38 paintings and other works of art to the hospital, but only 14 were recovered following the hospital's bankruptcy, NH Nieuws reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam did not say exactly which artworks are missing.
The Netherlands returned a presumably stolen ceremonial crown from the 18th century to Ethiopia on Thursday. The crown was secretly kept hidden in an apartment in Rotterdam for over 20 years. Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation made a one-day visit to the African country to return the crown to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
An American museum discovered a previously unknown painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. The Allentown Art Museum for years attributed the Portrait of a Young Woman to one of Rembrandt's understudies working in his studio in the 17th century, but after restoration and scientific study now concluded that it was painted by the Dutch master himself, the Pennsylvania museum said in a statement.
The Rijksmuseum Twenthe lost nearly 3 million euros to cyber criminals while trying to buy a painting from a London art dealer, museum director Arnoud Odding confirmed to NOS after reports by news agency Bloomberg. The case is still in court.
The "Self-Portrait" of Vincent van Gogh dated 1889 that is part of the Norwegian Nasjonalmuseet's collection is an authentic Van Gogh painting, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo announced on Monday after investigation. Van Gogh painted the self-portrait at the Saint-Remy asylum at the end of his first major psychotic episode in 1889. It is the only known work of his painted while he suffered from psychosis, the museums said.
Video entertainment firms operating in the Netherlands will be required to invest at least three percent of their total revenue generated in the Netherlands in the production and co-production of Dutch films, series, animated video and documentaries in a new proposal put forward by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. The plan affects all cinemas, streaming services and broadcasters operating in the Netherlands, and matches similar regulations in neighboring countries Belgium, France and Germany, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
An Albert Heijn store in Den Bosch created its own version of an artwork, which consisted of a banana stuck to a wall with duct tape. But where the artwork by Maurizio Cattelan recently sold for 120 thousand euros, the Albert Heijn version is discounted to only 0.28 cents.
The recreated work in the Albert Heijn store on De Arena was thought up by manager Ron Soeters. He loved the Italian artist's idea, he said to BN De Stem. "It's wonderful to see that such a simple banana impresses people so much."
The 14th edition of light show GLOW Eindhoven attracted 770 thousand visitors to the city in the eight days the event was held. The organizers are very satisfied with this year's festival, which had the theme Living Colors, and consider it a great success.
Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were auctioned off by Sotheby's in New York for a total of 11.6 million euros on Wednesday. The paintings both sold for more than the auction house expected.
A bronze statue of deceased Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan was placed on the facade of music venue Paradiso, as a tribute to the mayor two years after his passing. The words 'beautiful city huh' are engraved underneath the 60 centimeters tall statue, which was designed and made by artist Frankey.
Dutch graphic designer and typographer Wim Crouwel died in his hometown of Amsterdam at the age of 90, his family confirmed on Thursday, NOS reports.
The Amsterdam Museum will stop using the term 'Golden Age', because it does not cover all sides of the period. Instead it will refer to the period as the 17th century, the museum announced.
According to curator Tom van der Molen, the term Golden Age is linked to national pride and "the many negative aspects of the 17th century such as poverty, war, slavery and human trafficking" are ignored, he said to NU.nl. In the 17th century he Netherlands was a world power in economic and military terms.
The painting Woman with Eyes Closed by British artist Lucian Freud, which was stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal in 2012, still seems to be circulating in the criminal underworld, art detective Arthur Brand said to NU.nl based on a photo he saw of the painting.
The highly anticipated exhibition Design of the Third Reich opens at the Design Museum in Den Bosch on Sunday. Given the sensitivity of the subject, and possible visitors with a "worrying interest" in the subject, there will be three to four guards per room, instead of the usual one, NU.nl reports.
The exhibit includes posters, photos, uniforms, furniture, documents, and a car from the Nazi era. There will also be sculptures by Arno Breker, Hitler's favorite sculptor. Various films will be shown, including of how the Nazis imagined Munich would look like in the future.
The Presence light exhibition by artist and inventor Daan Roosegaarde in the Groninger Museum attracted 45 thousand people since opening on June 22nd. An average off 6 thousand people visited the museum per week to see the exhibition, compared to the museum's usual summer average of 4 thousand visitors per week, director Andreas Bluhm said to Dagblad van het Noorden.
“I felt excited and proud of the work I put into my proposal,” Mohau Modisakeng said upon hearing the news that his design beat out 14 others to create the Nelson Mandela monument in Amsterdam Zuidoost.
Two weeks ago, Modisakeng, a 33-year-old artist from South Africa, was announced as the winner of the Amsterdam Nelson Mandela Memorial design competition. The Center for Visual Arts (CBK) supervised the competition on behalf of the city's southeastern borough, and selected the eventual winner from three finalists.
The death of actor Rutger Hauer rocked the Dutch film world. The famed Dutch actor died on Friday at age 75 after a short illness, his family announced on Wednesday. With Hauer's death, director Paul Verhoeven "lost his alter-ego" and he "will miss him terribly", the Dutch director said to RTL Boulevard.
Famed Dutch actor Rutger Hauer was pronounced dead on Friday in his hometown of Beetsterzwaag, Friesland, a representative for his family said to newswire ANP. The Golden Globe-winning actor was 75 years old.
Hauer passed away after a brief illness. A small, private funeral took place earlier on Wednesday before his death was publicly revealed later in the evening.
Today would have been Rembrandt van Rijn's 413th birthday. The Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam is celebrating with a festival on the street where the 17th century painter used to live. The Rembrandt Art Festival starts at 10:00 a.m., featuring artists in action, workshops, stalls and live music, RTL Nieuws reports.