The Mauritshuis museum decided to remove a bust of Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, governor of the Dutch colony in Brasil from 1637 to 1644, from the museums foyer. The decision stemmed from "the growing public debate about we deal with slavery in the Netherlands (and in museums)", the Mauritshuis explained, according to the Volkskrant. The removal of the bust sparked a storm of outrage and criticism from people feeling that the Netherlands' history is being destroyed.
Researchers recently discovered that two drawings in black chalk were drawn by Vincent van Gogh, thereby expanding the legacy of the famous Dutch artist even further, the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation announced in a press release. Both drawings, Montmartre hill with quarry and Montmartre hill, can be seen in the Singer Laren museum from Tuesday.
The Van Gogh Museum closed 2017 with a new record of 2.26 million visitors, which makes it the most visitors in the Netherlands. "This milestone shows that Van Gogh still inspires an uncountable number of people from the whole world. That is fantastic", Axel Rüger, director of the museum, told Het Parool.
There was also an increase of almost four percent in the number of people in possession of the Museumkaart in 2017. Sone 1.35 million people now have a Museumkaart and the cards were used a total of 8.7 million times, an average of 6.6 times per person.
Last week a swarm of 300 luminescent drones flew over the sea and a beach in Miami. Studio Drift, an artist duo from Amsterdam, presented their flying artwork Franchise Freedom on the Art Basel in Miami Beach, Het Parool reports.
Through their art Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, together Studio Drift, investigate the relationship between nature and technology. They started working on this project 10 years ago, studying the regular flight patterns of starlings and translated them into a software developed especially for drones.
University of Amsterdam professor and poet Nachoem Wijnberg won the PC Hooft-prijs 2018 for his life's work, the organization announced on Tuesday. The 56-year-old poet will receive the prize at a ceremony in the Literature Museum in The Hague on May 24th, ANP reports.
A gigantic version of the famous Dutch souvenir sculpture - the Delft blue kissing couple - was put together in Amsterdam on Thursday. The Kissing Couple XXXL, commissioned by the FietsCoalitie, now stands 10 meters tall on Hempontplein, along the fast bicycle route from Zaanstad to Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Centrum, Het Parool reports.
Together, the couple weighs around 6,700 kilograms and stand about as high as a three-floor building. The idea is that the statue puts the bicycle route and Amsterdam-West on the map for visitors.
Working with a 13 million euro budget provided by the Dutch government, Studio Roosergaarde of light artist Daan Roosegaarde turned the 32 kilometer long iconic Afsluitdijk into a beautiful and sustainable art installation with three separate projects - Gates of Light, Windvogel and Glowing Nature.
The painting scanner used by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to analyze masterpieces may also help police detectives find trace evidence in present-day crime scenes. The investigators of the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) and the national art gallery of the Netherlands have formed a new collaboration to use the new technique to find bodily fluids.
The police raided dozens of address in the south of the Netherlands and in Belgium on Tuesday as part of a major operation against synthetic drugs, called Operation Impact. Five people were arrested, three in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, NOS reports.
The operation involved the police, Public Prosecutor, Tax Authority, Koninklijke Marechaussee and dozens of municipalities. Raids were done in Mariahout, Tilburg, Waspik and Weert, based on information from ongoing investigations and reports to municipalities and hotlines.
Artists more often have a low income and are more often dependent on benefits than other employed persons in the Netherlands, despite being a profession with a high education level. In the period between 2013 and 2015, over half of artists earned less than 30 thousand euros per year. The average for all employees is 39 percent, and 17 percent for all highly educated workers, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
An overnight fire at the Stedelijk Museum in Zwolle was caused by a humidifier exploding, the director of the museum told De Stentor. According to him, the spontaneous explosion was recorded by the surveillance cameras. The fire caused large amount of damage and the museum will likely be closed for repairs for a long time, the director expects.
An overnight fire in the Stedelijk Museum in Zwolle caused massive damage to multiple valuable artworks. The damage is estimated in the hundreds of thousands of euros, De Stentor reports.
The fire department responded to the museum around 00:15 a.m. The fire started on the ground floor of the old part of the museum and spread to the walls and ceiling. The fire brigade quickly managed to get it under control, but as the old part of the museum is one large area, the smoke easily spread through the building.
Six people were arrested in connection with a large investigation into organized cannabis cultivation in Noord-Brabant on Monday. The police also searched 16 properties in Tilburg, Goirle, Eindhoven and Kaatsheuvel.
According to the police, a Tilburg detective team got wind of the suspects while breaking down a number of illegal cannabis plantations. The suspects are two women from Tilburg (35 and 66), a 44-year-old woman from Goirle, two men (40 and 52) and a 36-year-old woman from Eindhoven. They are all in custody.
All school children in the Netherlands must visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Tweede Kamer in The Hague at least once in their school career, according to agreements the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie made in their government formation talks, sources told the Telegraaf. The parties want to make it mandatory for schools to arrange these trips.
A total of 950 thousand people visited a monument on Open Monument Day over the weekend, somewhat less than last year. According to the organizers, this can be attributed to the rainy weather, NOS reports.
For Open Monument Day, over 4 thousand monuments that are usually closed to the public, were open for visitors free of charge. Major attractions included the Martini Church in Groningen, the Cereol factory in Utrecht and the Ridderzaal in The Hague.
Activist group Fossil Free Culture protested in front of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Sunday. The group believes that the museum should not be sponsored by Shell, NU.nl reports.
The black clad protestors used torn and broken umbrellas to represent landscapes spoiled by Shell's fossil fuel mining, oil spills and carbon emissions, the group said on Twitter.
The Van Gogh museum will not press charges against the protesters, a spokesperson said to NU.nl, calling their demonstration a "peaceful action" that the museum regards as "freedom of expression".
On Friday the Amsterdam court held the first day of trial in a lawsuit over a Buddha statue containing a mummy. A group of Chinese villagers sued Dutch collector Oscar van Overeem claiming that the statue in his possession was stolen from their village, YangChun, in 1995, the Volkskrant reports.
Amsterdam portrait artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg gained some international fame this weekend when his painting of former American president Barack Obama went viral online, mistakenly called Obama's official presidential portrait.
The painting was massively discussed on social media, particularly because it depicts Obama wearing a beige suit. In 2014 the president was criticized for this particular clothing choice, because it was considered not to be presidential enough.
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam discovered an unknown sketch by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. The sketch seems to be an early version of the 1914 painting An Englishman in Moscow, one of the top Malevich pieces the museum has in its collection, Het Parool reports.
The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, designed to draw attention to the persecution of LGBTQ community members globally, was presented in San Francisco this week by an Amsterdam delegation to honor California's Harvey Milk Day. The dress features 75 national flags of countries where homosexuality is included in the national Criminal Code.
A family heirloom accidentally sold on a King's Day flea market, has been tracked down. The painting is now back with its original owner, NOS reports.
An 11-year-old girl from Blokker sold the painting at a Hoorn flea market with her father for only 5 euros. She had no idea that the painting was precious to her mother. And the father did not know his ex still wanted it, as had been in his attic for some time.
The De Pont museum in Tilburg will soon be the proud owner of a 6 meter high steel statue by world-famous artist Anish Kapoor. The statue is a gift to the De Pont Museum for its 25th birthday, Omroep Brabant reports.
Many people know Kapoor for is statue The Cloud Gate in Chicago. The statue is a photograph favorite for tourists, because it beautifully reflects the Chicago skyline.
It is not yet clear what the Tilburg statue will look like, as the artist is still working on it.
An 11-year-old girl from Blokker in Noord-Holland accidentally sold a very valuable family heirloom at the King's Day flea market in Hoorn. The girl went to the flea market with her father to sell some things and afterwards told her mother that she sold "a painting with a lady on it" for 5 euros, RTV Noord-Holland reports.
Auction house Christie's sold a painting titled An old man at a casement by Dutch painter Govert Flinck for 10.4 million dollars (around 9.5 million euros) in New York on Thursday. The value of the Rembrandt student's painting was estimated between 2 million and 3 million euros, the auction house announced.
An old man at a casement was painted in 1645. The previous time the painting was auctioned was in 2011. Then it sold for 2.7 million euros.