Peter van den Brink is pretty pleased. He is director of the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany. From Monday 10th of July 2017, his museum is able to exhibit a painting which has returned home. Continue reading
The Mauritshuis Museum The Hague, likes to claim it offers wonderful new temporary exhibitions. Perhaps, if you read my blog posts during 2016, the name Clara Peeters jogs your memory? The Mauritshuis recently announced their spring temporary exhibition, which will open next month, focuses on still-lives including those by Clara Peeters.
Staying a weekend with friends, after joining a “Teekentour” at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the next challenge was a portrait painting workshop. This workshop was offered at another Dutch museum.
David Bowie’s only Tintoretto, a painting which was one of the first he bought for his art collection, was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s. An anonymous art collector bought it for £191,000. The Antwerp Rubenshuis museum announced today, the collector who bought it, has arranged for this painting to be loaned to the museum.
Tintoretto’s altar piece “Saint Catherine” will hang in Rubens’ former home from spring 2017 onwards. Tintoretto was commissioned to paint the work for the Venetian church of San Geminiano, located at the Piazza San Marco, in 1570.
The loan is “intended to honor Bowie’s life-long love of and generosity towards museums and cultural institutions.” Though Rubens admired and was influenced by Tintoretto and Italian contemporaries, the museum has no works by these masters in its own collection. Interesting additional fact is, that Rubens’ pupil Anthony van Dyck even made a drawing of this particular painting during a stay in Italy.
It is not yet known from which exact date this painting can be admired at the museum.
Two van Gogh paintings have been recovered by Italian police. Both works were stolen from the Amsterdam van Gogh Museum 14 years ago. In 2003, two men convicted of the crime denied involvement and claimed they had been framed. Continue reading
Antwerp has several small museums located in charming period houses. The Rockoxhuis is one of these. It is the former home of Antwerp’s mayor Nicolaas Rockox. He and his wife Adriana Perez were of rich and cultured families and became important patrons to Antwerp artists like Rubens and van Dyck.
A few weeks ago, I visited one of the most important temporary exhibitions currently on show in the Netherlands. Important not just because of the paintings, but because of its theme: the “discovery” of daily life, or daily life and ordinary people as subject matter in art.
While Dutch owners claim Maerten and his Oopjen will tour the country (see: “Near divorce, uneasy marriage”) – and French owners still fume, their government did not prohibit the two paintings ever leaving France – the museum world buzzes again. Early this week, rumour had it, another art “marriage” was being brokered. This time, the painting was no Rembrandt, but a Rubens.
The two of them nearly caused a major diplomatic row. By now, a kind of “entente cordiale” has been reached, though relations are still cool. The lovebirds will remain together – though they belong to different countries.