Ivo Hoekstra (Multimedia producer): ‘In 2015 the Mauritshuis went to Lowlands for the first time. True, not in connection with the Girl with a Pearl Earring, but with film, animation workshops, lectures and photography. Arttube and other museums had put together a great programme for visitors to the festival.
Although Lowlands has a broad target audience, it is not the sort of crowd that would think of visiting the Mauritshuis. It was important for us to establish whether, in a different form, the collection could create a connection with Festival visitors. We gave the visitors the means to tell their own story – in a stop motion film, for instance. This proved a very successful concept: people worked late into the night on stop motion films in which the Girl or the Goldfinch played a leading role. I have seldom seen people engage with our collection with so much energy!’
For children, Maurits Mouse may actually be the most popular resident of the Mauritshuis. He stars in a lesson for the youngest primary school pupils, taking them to look at his favourite paintings. Maurits Mouse also plays the leading role in the print book of the same name.
On Saturday 5 September it was Museum Night in The Hague again. This year’s theme was ‘In Full View’. Visitors could take part in flash tours of the collection or potter around in the Art Workshop until late at night. The highlight was a life drawing course in the Golden Room. There was a Great Gallery Quiz in the gallery throughout the evening with a fantastic quizmaster and great prizes.
René Klarenbeek (artist): ‘Working closely with colleagues in the Mauritshuis, I managed to devise and lead several interesting and popular courses in the museum’s Art Workshop. So far, we have taken on subjects such as classical drawing technique for works on paper from the Frick Collection and the authentic reconstruction of famous paintings from the Mauritshuis’s permanent collection. These works of art almost seem to change – primarily because we tell the story from a different angle. It exposes participants in our practical courses to a completely new perception of how to view these great works of art from a maker’s point of view. Everything in the museum once came from the hands of people who were searching. The best way to approach the visual thinking of these makers is by following the process of creation step by step. After a course has ended, attendees often sigh and remark that that respect these artists even more.’