The New Director of Mauritshuis in The Hague

The Hague, 3rd February The Supervisory Board of the Mauritshuis announced today that Martine Gosselink has been appointed as General Director of the Mauritshuis. From 1stApril, Gosselink will succeed former General Director Emilie Gordenker, who as of 1st February exchanged the Mauritshuis for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

As the Rijksmuseum’s Head of History, Gosselink led the museum’s historical programming (encompassing the permanent display, acquisition policy, provenance research into the museum’s colonial collections, publications and events, including the annual Night of History).

She was responsible for the exhibitions Good Hope (2017, about the relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands since 1600), 80 Years’ War (2018) and the annual photography exhibition Document Nederland. Under her leadership, the upcoming exhibitions Slavery (25 September 2020) and REVOLUSI! (2021, about the Indonesian National Revolution) have been started. Other projects have included collaborations with The Dutch Open Air Museum (The Canon of Dutch History) and the Hermitage and Amsterdam Museum (Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century).

Before joining the Rijksmuseum, Gosselink was a partner and co-founder of the cultural collective De Nieuwe Collectie. Since 1995, she has worked on exhibitions, publications and cultural projects for museums in countries including the Netherlands, New York, Iran and Sri Lanka. In 1995, she completed her studies with Professor Ernst van der Wetering at the University of Amsterdam (17th-century art history). The new director of the Mauritshuis also holds many other positions in the cultural field and for the next six weeks she will be appearing in the six-part television series Historisch Bewijs (from 5 February 2020 on NP02).

Martine Gosselink:What Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ is to the Mauritshuis, the Mauritshuis is to The Hague, the Netherlands and the rest of the world: an equally beautiful pearl. Soon I will get to see it every day, together with a richly diverse audience who will come both for the sublime art and the museum’s history. Together with my new colleagues, I am very much looking forward to letting the Mauritshuis, with its extraordinarily powerful collection, gleam from all angles’.

Lokke Moerel, Chairman of the Mauritshuis Supervisory Board: ‘The Board is particularly pleased to announce that Martine Gosselink has been appointed as the new General Director of the Mauritshuis. Alongside her wealth of experience in the museum sector, we see great added value in her historical expertise and ability to present artworks in their historical context, as a result of which the story of the Mauritshuis collection can be even better communicated. The museum’s objective is to connect the present with the past and thereby contribute to contemporary themes and the social debate. We believe that Martine, together with the Mauritshuis staff, will bring this to life in an inspiring way’.

Mauritshuis Since its reopening in 2014, visitor numbers to the Mauritshuis have doubled and the museum has attained a strong position in the Dutch and international cultural sphere. It is a unique museum, loved for the combination of its world-famous collection of 17th-century Flemish and Dutch masters and its backdrop of intimate, historic rooms. Our mission is to share our collection and all the knowledge and activities around it with as diverse a public as possible, particularly those who have never until now physically or digitally found their way to the Mauritshuis.

Anniversary In 2022 the Mauritshuis will have been a museum for 200 years – this will be celebrated in style with high-profile exhibitions and a series of special events. The anniversary years kicks off with the exhibition Flowers, which showcases the finest flower still lifes of the 17th century, and takes place at the same time as the Floriade Expo. The year will conclude with a spectacular blockbuster.

George Stubbs This spring the Mauritshuis presents the first-ever Dutch exhibition about the legendary British painter of horses George Stubbs. The absolute highlight of the exhibition is the life-sized portrait of the horse Whistlejacket, a masterpiece from the National Gallery in London, which is travelling to mainland Europe for the first time. Also on view in the exhibition are the skeleton of Eclipse, the most famous racehorse of all time, and the portrait that Stubbs painted of him. George Stubbs – The Man, The Horse, The Obsession is on view from 20 February until 1 June 2020.