Amsterdam – On October 3, Van Gogh Museum opened the exhibition 125 favourЫtes dated to the 125th anniversary of Rembrandt Association’s welfare fund. The exposition features 125 masterpieces by more than 30 Dutch masters, both modern, and classics of the 16th–20th centuries.
Rembrandt’s Association was established in 1883 by a group of people who aimed to return the Netherlands some masterpieces by great Dutch masters which were exported abroad at different periods of time. New organization raised money and repaid national masterpieces at European auctions. Its members negotiated on restitution and a solution of a series of current issues connected with museum sphere and private collecting. The Rembrandt’s Association contributed to preservation of cultural heritage a lot as the government could not provide the protection of monuments of history and art, and museums had no financial possibilities to buy them for their collections. As a result, many masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt, Hendrick Brugghen and Gerrit van Honthorst were sold abroad. Owing to the efforts of new organization some part of them was returned home.