From the museum’s press release, 18 January 2012
The Mauritshuis is embarking on a unique collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. From 24 April 2012, around 70 highlights from the Mauritshuis collection will go on display at the Gemeentemuseum for a period of about two years. The paintings include View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer, The Bull by Paulus Potter and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn. The collaboration is the result of the Mauritshuis’s plans for expansion and renovation, which is due to take place between 2 April 2012 and mid-2014.
Mauritshuis Director Emilie Gordenker is delighted about the collaboration. ‘We have always said that the core of the collection would remain on display in The Hague during the Mauritshuis’s renovation. We are very happy that this will be at the Gemeentemuseum – two Hague museums combining forces so they can offer the public a magnificent combination of art.’
Benno Tempel, Director of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag: ‘As a result, The Hague will be home to Europe’s most beautiful museum.’
The paintings from the Mauritshuis will be displayed in a separate wing of the Gemeentemuseum. Mauritshuis activities such as guided tours and education events will continue to take place in the museum’s temporary home, which is also where the museum shop will be located.
Mauritshuis Building for the Future
The collaboration is the result of the Mauritshuis’s planned renovation and expansion, part of the Mauritshuis building for the future project. This project will link the seventeenth-century city palace to the wing of Plein 26, the building across the street, via an underground foyer.