The artist Han van Meegeren (1889-1947) confessed in a spectacular court case that he had forged many paintings of Old Masters, among them several 'Vermeers'.
12 May – 22 August 2010
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents ‘Van Meegeren’s Fake Vermeers’, an exhibition of the famous forgeries of Han van Meegeren. Van Meegeren craftily exploited art historians’ desire to discover early works by Johannes Vermeer. During a famous court case in which Van Meegeren was accused of Nazi collaboration, he admitted that he had forged old master paintings, including several Vermeers. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen had acquired one of the fake Vermeer from Van Meegeren. The exhibition explores Van Meegeren’s technique, his masterpieces and his downfall.
Concurrently with ‘Van Meegeren’s Fake Vermeers’ the Mauritshuis in The Hague is hosting the exhibition ‘The Young Vermeer’. The exhibition explores Vermeer’s development by focusing on three early works. Our unique association with the Mauritshuis offers discounts to visitors to both museums during the exhibition. You will get a discount of € 1,50 on production of a Boijmans admission ticket at the Mauritshuis cash desk on a normal price of € 12. Tickets are valid during the exhibition. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.