One of the many museums currently changing their temporary exhibition, is the Mauritshuis in The Hague. This summer, a modern art one could be visited in the museum’s small exhibition wing. The entrance to this wing as well as the seperate entrance to the main building with its permanent collection of masters from the Dutch Golden Age, is in the museum’s large entrance hall.
The modern art exhibition, “Verso”, is now closed. Preparations for the new temp exhibition are in full swing. This new exhibition will open to the public on the 29th of September 2016. It is expected to draw crowds again, like a previous exhibition of roughly 30 works from the Frick Collection.
For visitors can admire a selection of about 25 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, held in trust by Queen Elisabeth II. And let’s face it: who doesn’t want to have a look at paintings “in the care of” Her Majesty? Especially, when these works by Dutch masters tie in so excellently with the Mauritshuis’ own collection.
In case you are from the UK or recently visited London or Edinburgh: a word of warning. This exhibition is a travelling one, which means the Mauritshuis Museum will be the third museum where visitors can admire it. Most of the works have been previously shown at the Queen’s Gallery in London (winter 2015 – 2016) and at the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh (March – July 2016).
Not that this exhibition is not worth visiting several times. I am already planning to visit it at least twice, After all: these will be fabulous works by famous Dutch painters like Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and others, which are not always on show to the public.
The exhibition of masterpieces aims to show that Dutch interiors and other genre paintings often contain hidden meanings and may be full of secret symbols. So when visiting this exhibition as well as the Maurits House’s permanent collection, ask yourself some questions while admiring these works. Are the elegant figures in the 17th century interior just examples of rich burghers, or is something else going on? What might be the moralistic message behind the painting showing poor farmers in the inn? What do I remember of symbols and codes in other Dutch Golden Age paintings and can I detect these in the works from the Royal Collection?:
As large crowds are expected to want to visit this exhibition, the museum intends to work with time slots giving visitors access to the new exhibition wing. So do visit the museum’s website before planning your trip and make sure you have enough time not only to visit this “At Home in Holland” exhibition. You will also need plenty time to admire the Rembrandts, Vermeers, and other famous paintings in the period home, including Vermeer’s “Girl with Pearl Earring” and Fabritius’ “Goldfinch”.
Masters of the Everyday/At Home in Holland exhibition at the Mauritshuis can be visited from the 29th of September 2016 till 8th of January 2017.