The Netherlands

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Art theft

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

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Museum collections

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

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Discoveries

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

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Appointments

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

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Controversies

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

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The Netherlands

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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Rijksmuseum

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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Rembrandt

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

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Exhibitions

A case for the importance of Dutch collecting

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

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Exhibitions

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

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

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Controversies

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

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Conservation & Preservation

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

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Attribution

Leiden Collection shows off two ‘new’ Rembrandts in Amsterdam

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

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Exhibitions

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

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Exhibitions

Romanticism show surveys landscapes of northern Europe

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

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Restitution

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

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Looted art

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

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Restitution

Courtauld faces renewed spoliation claim following Dutch decision

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

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Collectors

The obsessions and follies of the charismatic Joost Ritman

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

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Restitution

Dutch restitution group to carry on for three more years

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

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Restitution

Dutch museums face largest ever restitution claim

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

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Restitution

Simplified Dutch restitution policy to end

Policy regarding reclaiming of looted artworks to change come April

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Restitution

Ukraine returns Koenigs’ drawings

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

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Iraq

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

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Museums & Heritage

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

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Books

Book review: Dutch decorative arts

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

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Restitution

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

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April 1994

Dutch government cuts Mondrian Foundation's sponsorship budget

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

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Restitution

Yeltsin’s Commission for Restitution begins work this month to legalise and declassify war booty

This includes finally addressing the disputed Koenigs Collection