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Collecting Old Masters Symposium: 10 November 2010

Information from the RKD, 4 October 2010

On 10 November, the RKD and the Mauritshuis are organising a symposium on collecting old master paintings. The event ties in with the exhibition Made in Holland: Highlights from the collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo, which runs at the Mauritshuis from 4 November 2010 to 30 January 2011.

The collection of Mr and Mrs de Mol van Otterloo contains many outstanding works, rarely on view to the public. This is the first time that a large group of their paintings will be shown in the Netherlands, including works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Avercamp, Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris the Elder (see

The symposium will focus on the business of collecting rather than the paintings themselves. How does such a collection come about? Where can you find old master paintings of such quality? Who is involved in the process and what role does each person play? Speakers include Peter Sutton, Marina Aarts, Emilie Gordenker, Eijk de Mol van Otterloo and Rudi Ekkart.

Time: Wednesday 10 November 2010, 1.00-5.30 pm

Venue: Auditorium of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB), The Hague

Organised by the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), The Hague, in collaboration with the Mauritshuis, The Hague

Cost: €15

You can register online at

Provisional programme

1.00-1.30 pm
Welcome, coffee and tea

Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis, The Hague, will talk about the current strategy for developing the collection.

Jan Six, Jan Six Fine Art, talks about the trade in old master paintings

Peter Sutton, director of the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Conn. talks about collecting old art.


Eijk de Mol van Otterloo talks about building his collection.

Marina Aarts, Fine Art Consultant, discusses the importance of documentation and the planning of acquisitions.

Rudi Ekkart, director of the RKD, The Hague, rounds off with a look at current developments in the market for old masters.


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