Marten & Oopjen have arrived at the Rijksmuseum. Early this year two exceptional Rembrandt portraits were bought together by the Netherlands and France, a unique event. From 2 July 2016 'Marten & Oopjen' will have a place of honour alongside Rembrandt’s Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum.
Rembrandt painted the masterpieces of the newly-weds Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit in Amsterdam in 1634, when he was twenty-eight. The portraits, more than two meters high, remained in private hands for almost four centuries.
Marten & Oopjen will be on show from 2 July until 2 October 2016 in the Rijksmuseum. The masterpieces will then be restored at the Rijksmuseum.
Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum: What no one thought possible is now reality: the most wanted and least exhibited Rembrandts in the world, in the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum in turn, in the public domain and within everyone’s reach..
Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science: I’m delighted because the paintings are now finally in public hands. They belong to us all, and everyone, young and old, can enjoy them. I would say – go and see them!
Who exactly were Marten and Oopjen? Jonathan Bikker, Rijksmuseum curator, carried out extensive research into the two portraits by Rembrandt. Among other things, he established the subject’s name is Marten and not Maerten, as was always assumed. All his findings have been published in Two Monumental Portraits by Rembrandt; 52 pages; Dutch and English editions. On sale from July in the Rijksmuseum shop for €15.
Free from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Rijksmuseum is opening its doors for free on 2 July from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to welcome Marten & Oopjen to the Netherlands and give everyone a chance to admire these masterpieces. The free entrance on this day has been made possible by the support of main sponsors ING and KPN.
Marten & Oopjen Magazine for all Dutch Primary Schools
To celebrate this extraordinary acquisition, the Rijksmuseum is giving a Marten & Oopjen Magazine as a present to all Dutch primary school children. The magazine, written by children’s book author Jan Paul Schutten, has been made possible by the Henry M. Holterman Fund/Rijksmuseum Fund. Its distribution is sponsored by ThiemeMeulenhoff.