The Netherlands

Amsterdam to return Kandinsky sold under Nazi occupation to heirs

The decision ends a bitter dispute that damaged the reputation of Dutch restitution policy

Booksreview

Much more to know than Van Gogh: finally a book in English that surveys 19th-century Dutch art

Volume unveils many overlooked artists and highlights the international reach of painters from the Netherlands

Hermitage Amsterdam close to reaching €1m in urgent crowdfunding appeal to survive Covid-19 crisis

The privately funded Dutch branch of the State Hermitage Museum has attracted 10,000 donations from the public but director says "we're not done yet"

Van Gogh’s unknown period: his life in a remote Dutch heathland region

A new study and a 2023 exhibition will reveal how Vincent’s art developed in Drenthe—an escape from city life and his lover Sien

a blog by Martin Bailey

Dutch museum settles with Jewish businessman's heirs on painting sold in Nazi era, defying government panel

The agreement overturns the Restitution Committee's 2013 rejection of the claim, which argued the painting was worth more to the museum than the heirs

Forging ahead with historic restitution plans, Dutch museums will launch €4.5m project to develop a practical guide on colonial collections

Researchers will consider “various modes of return” for museum objects and how the process can help to reconcile with colonial past

Netherlands takes lead in Europe’s efforts to return artefacts to former colonies

The Dutch government adopts a committee’s “radical” guidelines, putting it at the forefront of European efforts to return colonial-era museum acquisitions

Chair of Dutch Nazi-loot committee resigns ahead of report on restitution policy

Alfred Hammerstein’s departure follows criticism of Dutch committee’s decisions

Dutch government committee recommends return of colonial-era artefacts

The report calls for a new panel to advise the minister on repatriations and a new provenance research centre

Rotterdam's former Witte de With art centre chooses 'decolonial' new name

Institution previously associated with a 17th-century Dutch naval officer will become Kunstinstituut Melly in January

Going Dutch: teamLab to launch permanent exhibition in the Netherlands in 2024

Immersive installations by the Japan-based collective will be the centrepiece of Nowhere, a new digital art space in Utrecht

'Corona-proof plan': Dutch museum launches drive-by art show

Exhibition visitors must drive electric cars through an arena housing major works by artists including Bas Princen, Bruce Nauman and Anselm Kiefer

Decolonising museums: the new network opening up the diversity debate in the Netherlands

Cultural institutions from Amsterdam to Utrecht will work together to advance diversity and inclusion in programming, audiences and staff

Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

Rotterdam's Boijmans museum wants to make entire collection accessible to visitors

Vast €85m storage centre will show off thousands of works of art previously hidden from view

Artist's signature and thumbprint among discoveries in Pieter de Hooch paintings

Revelations were made during research for the largest retrospective of the Dutch painter's work in the Netherlands

Emilie Gordenker appointed new general director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum

The current director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague is taking over from Axel Rüger who now leads the Royal Academy of Arts in London

Nazi design exhibition at Dutch museum braces for protests

The show called Design of the Third Reich features the Volkswagen Beetle and Riefenstahl’s films

Golden Age day trips from Tefaf Maastricht: our pick of must-see shows

The 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt this year has prompted a glut of exhibitions devoted to the Dutch artist and his peers

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Interview: the Rijksmuseum's Taco Dibbits on Rembrandt's pulling power

We speak to the general director of the Dutch museum ahead of its exhibition on "all" of the works by the master in its collection

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Rembrandtfeature

The year of Rembrandt with Simon Schama

The art historian gives a personal view of Rembrandt's extraordinary achievements as the world celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Dutch master’s death

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What’s in a name? Why the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum will soon become the Kunstmuseum

The difficulty of Dutch pronunciation and the need to raise awareness among foreign visitors led to the museum’s future rebranding

A case for the importance of Dutch collecting

An exhibition highlights the crucial role of the Rembrandt Association in museum acquisitions

Crowd-magnet Vermeer borrowed for Alte Pinakothek’s curtain-raiser

Munich museum has undergone a four-year €12m renovation

Beatrix Ruf, former Stedelijk Museum director, cleared of alleged conflicts of interest

Report commissioned by Amsterdam city council finds that she complied with Dutch regulations

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

Leiden Collection shows off two ‘new’ Rembrandts in Amsterdam

Rediscovered portraits are due to travel to Louvre Abu Dhabi in early 2019

Escher’s love affair with landscape explored in home town show

Exhibition of graphic artist and master of illusion takes place at Fries Museum in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden

Romanticism show surveys landscapes of northern Europe

First major exhibition of its kind includes Turner and Friedrich as well as less familiar “Romantics”

Statues remain with Rijksmuseum as heirs’ Nazi loot claim rejected

The Dutch advisory committee on the assessment of restitution applications has rejected a claim for two sculptures by the 15th-century German artist Tilman Riemenschneider

Museumsarchive

Raphaels discovered in Haarlem Teylers Museum

The head curator recently reattributed the works to the artist

Looted artarchive

The Dutch government gives up its claim on Nazi loot

The decision not to appeal cannot but weaken its claim to other war booty such as the Koenigs collection still held in Russia

Courtauld faces renewed spoliation claim following Dutch decision

Though initially the claim was rejected, a case from the continent may leave room for appeal

Collectorsarchive

The obsessions and follies of the charismatic Joost Ritman

The fate of esoteric books and illuminated manuscripts hangs in the balance

Dutch restitution group to carry on for three more years

Former vice-president of the Dutch Supreme Court is named chairman

Dutch museums face largest ever restitution claim

Heirs of dealer Nathan Katz says 225 paintings were sold under duress

Simplified Dutch restitution policy to end

Policy regarding reclaiming of looted artworks to change come April

Ukraine returns Koenigs’ looted drawings

But the 139 works go to Dutch State, not collector’s heirs

Iraqarchive

Dutch overseeing southern Iraqi province of al-Muthanna help Bedouin family guard the Sumerian site

The Americans did not list protection of Uruk as necessary when they handed over administration to the Netherlands

Ronald de Leeuw’s Dutch history lesson

The director of the Rijksmuseum is turning the famous museum into an artistic journey through Dutch history, and combining fine and decorative arts

Booksarchive

Book review: Dutch decorative arts

Titus M. Eliëns, Marjan Groot and Frans Leidelmeijer, Dutch Decorative Arts, 1880-1940

The point of no return - Europe climbs on the restitution bandwagon

But the process has stalled as far as large-scale restitution between Russia and Germany is concerned

April 1994archive

Dutch government cuts Mondrian Foundation's sponsorship budget

Holland will not be participating in the Biennales of Sidney and São Paolo as a result