The Netherlands and France will jointly purchase two Rembrandt portraits for a combined total of 160 million euros, Dutch cultural minister Jet Bussemaker informed parliament on Wednesday. The two countries came to terms during a meeting between Prime Minister Mark Rutte and French President Francois Holland at the UN summit in New York this week.
Roughly 56 percent of the Dutch population believe that the government should not contribute 80 million euros in public funding for the purchase of two Rembrandt paintings, according to results from a weekly poll conducted by Maurice de Hond. At the same time, new reports surfaced this week that the Netherlands are likely to receive only one of the two Rembrandt paintings the government and the Rijksmuseum were scheduled to buy, according to parliamentary sources speaking with the Parool.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.
Many of the works that are on display at the Escher in the Palace in the Hague museum are replicas, according to a report in the Volkskrant published Thursday morning. Mark Veldhuijsen, curator at the MC Escher foundation, told the paper that showing replicas without informing the public makes him feel ill.
The government has given the Rijksmuseum 80 million euros to help buy two famous Rembrandt portraits. The preliminary sale agreement for 160 million euros was signed last week. The Rijksmuseum has to pay the other 80 million itself.
The administrators working on the bankruptcy of Royal Imtech has stumbled across an art collection in the estate with an insurance value of 1.7 million euros. The works will be valued and sold.
The Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam may joined forces to try and buy two Rembrandt portraits from the Rothschild family together.
About half of the Museumplein in Amsterdam is being covered with a 7 thousand square meter labyrinth made out of 125 thousand sunflowers to celebrate the opening of the Van Gogh Museum's new entrance building.
A previously unseen work by famous artist M.C. Escher has been acquired by Escher in het Paleis, the permanent Escher exhibition located in the former winter palace of queen-mother Emma in The Hague.
Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian has won the Prince Claus Award. Prince Constantijn will present the prize to her at a ceremony held in the Amsterdam Royal Palace on December 2nd.
Using two complementary imaging techniques and new mobile scanners, researchers from Los Angeles, Antwerp and Delft has been able to reveal a painting hidden underneath Rembrandt's famous painting An Old Man in Military Costume, which is currently in The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The hidden underlying painting shows a young man wrapped in a cloak.
Nijnte, the small rabbit featuring in a series of picture books known as Miffy in English, is currently on display in the Rijksmuseum. The famous rabbit forms part of a retrospective on the work of Dick Bruna, graphic designer, illustrator and writer.
From November 28th the Hermitage museum in Amsterdam will be hosting the long-awaited Spanish Masters of the Hermitage exhibition. The exhibition includes more than 60 paintings and a collection of graphic works and applied arts pieces by artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya.
The Van Gogh Museum is building a labyrinth consisting of 125 thousand sunflowers on the Museumplein to celebrate the opening of the new entrance building. The labyrinth will cover an area of 7,000 m² - nearly half of the Museumplein.
The Rijksmuseum may soon be the proud owner of two world famous Rembrandt works - portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. According to Wim Pijbes, director of the Museum, they are "well into the process" of raising money to make a "serious bid" on the two portraits.
The police arrested a 56 year old man from Wanneperveen on Tuesday for trying to sell a fake Van Gogh painting for 15 million euros. The man claimed that the painting is a pre-study for Van Gogh's "The Harvest" and used fake documents, with the name and logo of the Van Gogh museum, to prove its authenticity.
GroenLinks wants to give artists from outside the European Union a special visa so that they will settle in Amsterdam. According to the party, many artists now go to settle in cities like Brussels or Berlin, which have special visas giving artists residency in the city, while the should feel at home in an international city like Amsterdam
A former police officer Peter "Peer" de J. is suspected of involvement in the theft of an artwork from the Philips collection
Some 50 flower parade builders from Zundert gathered on the Museumplein in Amsterdam on Tuesday to build a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh in dahlias. This 8 by 8 meter flower portrait is to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Zundert-born artist's death on Wednesday.
The Rijksmuseum has acquired a very rare archer chain from the Middle Ages. The silver chain was made around 1525 - 1546 in Bergen op Zoom or Breda and was awarded to the winner of the annual shooting contest, the museum announced on Wednesday.
Ben Zuidema, a Dutch art finder and private detective, believes he has solved the mystery surrounding an over-insured valuable painting that disappeared in 1987 and later went up in flames. He and international registration agency for stolen art Artloss Register, are now demanding millions of euros from auction house Sotheby's for insurance fraud
Celebrated Japanese artist Taturo Atzu has transformed the roof of Amsterdam's oldest building - Oude Kerk - into a summery rooftop terrace. From this terrace visitors will get a unique vista of the Red Light District and be able to view the normally hidden architectural beauty of the Oude Kerk's rooftop.
The Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen has been filled with nearly 5 thousand sunflowers for a private memorial on Wednesday for the family members of those who died in the MH17 disaster nearly a year ago
An employee at the National Archives in The Hague recently made an amazing discovery: a hitherto unknown, teeny tiny watercolor painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag - the 19th century painter best known for the enormous cylindrical painting Panorama Mesdag.