Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication, and Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Culture of the Netherlands are pleased to announce that France and the Netherlands will conclude the joint acquisition of the pair of paintings by Rembrandt, Portrait of Marten Soolmans and portrait of Oopjen Coppit, wife of Marten Soolmans.
Fleur Pellerin and Jet Bussemaker worked together for several months to obtain this agreement, under the terms of which the paintings will always be presented jointly, alternately at the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum. The owners have announced their agreement for this joint sale. Both ministers warmly thank them.
Fleur Pellerin and Jet Bussemaker welcome this unique solution, which meets the common political and cultural objective they had set themselves: to keep the two paintings on European soil and present them to the greatest number, in two of the most beautiful and great museums in the world.
The joint acquisition of these two priceless masterpieces will strengthen the partnership between the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre, and testify to the shared desire of both countries to further deepen their rich cultural cooperation.
Ministers of Culture Fleur Pellerin and Jet Bussemaker are happy to announce that France and the Netherlands will jointly acquire the two portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit painted in 1634 by Rembrandt van Rhijn.
Both ministers have been working closely for several months to secure this agreement, through which the two paintings will be exhibited together, alternatively in the Louvre and Rijksmuseum. The owners of the works have confirmed their agreement for this joint acquisition. The ministers thank them warmly.
Fleur Pellerin and Jet Bussemaker are delighted to enforce this very meaningful intiative, which offers a solution to the common political and cultural goal they had set to achieve: guarantee that both paintaings stay on European soil, in France and the Netherlands, and are shown to the public in two of the most illustrious museums of the world.
The joint acquisition of these priceless treasures will strenghthen the partenship between the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre and exemplifies the shared intention of the two countries to reinforce the deep cultural ties between the two countries.