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Kate Middleton visits Netherlands museums

During her first solo voyage, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visited the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague on Tuesday. She therefore saw the museum’s current exhibition, a hanging of Old Masters paintings loaned from the British Royal Collection. She lingered in front of Vermeer’s Young Girl with a Pearl, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection, reports The Washington...

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The Frick Collection exhibition at Mauritshuis museum

The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Holland, is currently exhibiting 36 masterpieces from the Frick Collection. This is the first time that the New York-based collection, donated by the American industrialist Henry Clay Frick, has been exhibited elsewhere. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ Portrait of the Comtesse d’Haussonville (1845); paintings by Jan van Eyck, Jacob van Ruisdael, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Thomas Gainsborough, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo are also on display. “It’s our first exhibition of fine art in this space, that we have designed especially to feel a little bit like the Frick Collection,” Mauritshuis director Emilie Gordenker told AFP. “We selected a group of works, paintings but also some sculptures, drawings, bronze sculptures, other sculptures and even a clock to give you a sense of the variety of works in the Frick Collection,” she added....

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2014: a roundup of the year ahead

Paris, 17 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 proved to be a rich year – very rich. The art world showed no risk of growing stale, with record sales, major exhibitions, ever-expanding fairs, and legal and economic shake-ups from Munich to Detroit. Barely recovered from the events of last year, the art market’s major participants have begun to make promises of an equally spectacular 2014. Whilst the global economy is not at its healthiest, the evolution of cultural projects shows little sign of slowing down: new museums have opened their doors, and have rapidly accrued visitor numbers to match those of their more established competitors. Significant exhibitions have followed, with ever-more-ambitious shows having been met with unfailing public interest. As far as the art market is concerned, the phrase “economic crisis” doesn’t exist. Whilst it’s difficult to predict whether the exceptional sales figures realised by auction houses this year will be replicated – or even surpassed – in 2014, there is every reason to believe that the demand for prestigious lots will remain high. If works of the same quality as last year’s re-emerge on the market, it seems likely that buyers will respond with enthusiasm – and high sums of money. New art fairs have been appearing across the world, tempted by the business potential of art. Despite increasing competition – and despite the vast difference in scope between some newer fairs and heavyweights such as Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze – art market professionals remain tempted by the lure of collectors and amateurs with a desire to buy. We took a look at some of the largest and most anticipated events for the forthcoming year. Whilst many may remain hidden in unwritten press releases, details of some of 2014’s initial openings seem to promise an interesting...

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