Over 30 masterpieces from the celebrated Frick Collection will be seen outside New York for the first time as part of a special exhibition at the Mauritshuis
in The Hague in 2015.
The Frick Collection in The Hague
The Frick Collection Art Treasures from New York will be the first major exhibition to be displayed in the new wing of the Mauritshuis following the opening exhibition of the museum in 2014. The exhibition will give visitors to the Mauritshuis a fascinating insight into the history of The Frick Collection and its founder, wealthy American steel magnate Henry Clay Frick (18491919). The works selected for the exhibition are masterpieces from the 13th to 19th centuries, which include not only paintings, but also drawings, sculpture and decorative arts, reflecting the outstanding quality and diversity of The Frick Collection. They perfectly complement the Mauritshuiss own collection which focuses on Dutch art of the Golden Age.
The Frick only lends works of art acquired after the death of its founder Henry Clay Frick. The Frick Collection Art Treasures from New York will include significant works of art by such renowned artists as Cimabue, Van Eyck, Memling, Liotard, Reynolds and Gainsborough. John Constables spectacular The White Horse, a key work in the oeuvre of the artist, and his spontaneous studies of clouds are highlights of the exhibition. French Classical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres is represented with a masterpiece that has become an icon of The Frick Collection: the enchanting portrait of the Comtesse dHaussonville. There are few or no works by artists such as Ingres, Cimabue, Van Eyck and Liotard on display in Dutch museum collections, making these loans of significant interest for the Dutch public.
Lending such a large number of artworks to a foreign museum is unique for The Frick Collection. The honour reflects the special relationship between The Frick Collection and the Mauritshuis. In many respects, the museums are sister institutions: both have an impressive collection of Old Masters that are exhibited in the intimate rooms of an historic building and former stately residence. The Mauritshuis has forged a mutually beneficial relationship with The Frick Collection in recent years. A good example of this collaboration is the exhibition Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis at The Frick October 22 201319 January 2014. The exhibition attracted more visitors to The Frick than any other exhibition in its history.
The exhibition The Frick Collection Art Treasures from New York is made possible by the support of the main benefactor Ammodo Foundation, Fonds 21, BlackRock and American Friends of the Mauritshuis.