Museum shows abound in land of the Old Masters

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Holland has more museums per square mile than any country in the world. This year and next, many of them will hold important exhibitions that travelers will want to make part of their trips to Holland.

The following is a rundown of the country's major museum happenings.

  • The Museum of the Resistance in Amsterdam will re-open its doors May 1 at a new location in the Plancius Building at Plantage Kerklaan 61a. The permanent collection will provide a look at the years 1930 to 1950 with authentic documents and photos, newspaper clippings, and video and sound excerpts depicting the hardships of World War II and the heroic efforts of the Dutch Resistance fighters.
  • Opening hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. For more information, call (011) 31-20 620-2535, or visit the museum's Web site at www.hollandmuseums.nl.

  • After having been closed for nearly 10 months, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will reopen its doors June 24. The museum underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that included the creation of a new wing for temporary shows.
  • Van Gogh Self-portrait (Detail)When it reopens, the original building will house paintings by van Gogh and other artists.

    The reopening exhibition will be dedicated to Vincent's brother Theo, who managed an influential art gallery in Paris.

    The exhibit will include works Theo sold and collected, including some by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. Works by Theo's brother also will be on view. The museum's Web site is at www.vangoghmuseum.nl.

  • In 2000, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, Holland's largest, will celebrate its 200th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the museum, which houses Rembrandt's famous "Night Watch" and other masterpieces, will present "The Glory of the Golden Age" and other exhibitions.
  • From April 15 to Sept. 17, 2000, the museum will present "The Glory of the Golden Age: Dutch Art of the 17th Century," which will include paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings and prints. Represented will be leading Dutch artists of the 17th century, including Hals, Rembrandt, Ruisdael and Vermeer. The museum's phone number is (011) 31-20 674-7000.

  • From Sept. 25, 1999, to Jan. 5, 2000, the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague will present an exhibit of Rembrandt self-portraits. Although there have been many exhibitions dedicated to Rembrandt, the Mauritshuis said this will be the first time his self-portraits will be on display exclusively.
  • The fact that Rembrandt attained fame for his self-portraits and made more self-portraits than any other notable painter makes this exhibition even more noteworthy. About 25 of the self-portraits, 20 etchings and drawings and five paintings by pupils will be shown. Many of these works will be on loan from collections in Holland, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, France and Italy.

    The Mauritshuis said it expects the exhibition will draw 250,000 visitors, of whom 100,000 will be from outside Holland. Tickets to the exhibition will cost about $13.50 for adults. The phone number is (011) 31-70 419-5545; fax (011) 31-70 419-5519.

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