Unlocking the Mauritshuis:
Innovations in Exhibition and Digital Engagement
Part 1 | Martine Gosselink
In this talk, Martine Gosselink unfolds two central themes of the Mauritshuis’ vision: Majestic and Human. The royal character of the buildings and exceptional collection of paintings in a welcoming domestic environment makes a visit to the Mauritshuis an experience that is as unique as the artwork themselves: a majestic experience.
Art often acts as a window to the past and an invitation to enter other worlds. Do you ever recognise yourself in a painting? See or hear subjects that are relatable to your own experiences? See how paintings like Girl Eating Oysters by Jan Steen and Mother Combing Her Child's Hair, known as 'Hunting for Lice' by Gerard ter Borch offer starting points for conversations about the everyday and the human.
Part 2 | Sandra Verdel
Following a change in its mission statement, the Mauritshuis has renewed its focus on unlocking its collection digitally. As a leading museum with regards to expertise on Dutch art in the time of Rembrandt and Vermeer, the Mauritshuis is a site of learning for visitors in the museum and audiences beyond. Sharing knowledge – in the belief of the museum – works both ways. As experts talk about their collection, the museum also invites visitors and digital viewers to share their opinions about what inspires them and communicate why a specific painting is so special.
In her talk, Sandra Verdel, Project Manager Digital Engagement for the Mauritshuis, speaks on the museum’s progress and plans to achieve these goals.
07 SEPTEMBER 2021
20:00 HKT (Tuesday)
14:00 CEST (Tuesday)
13:00 BST (Tuesday)
21:00 IST (Tuesday)
16:00 UAE (Tuesday)
Ms Martine Gosselink
Ms Sandra Verdel
Mr Charles Ho
Ms Maria Lee
About the speakers
Martine Gosselink has been the General Director of the Mauritshuis since April 2020.
Martine has been active in the cultural sector, particularly the museum sector, since completing her studies. In 1995, she graduated in art history at the University of Amsterdam with Professor Ernst van de Wetering. In that same year, she also completed her five-year internship at the Rijksmuseum and, with a partner, started her first venture: the art historical consulting and research bureau Art & Culture. The database the bureau set up at that time – the first historical database in the Netherlands – still exists: atlasofmutualheritage.nl. Six years later, in 2011 and with two partners, she founded the cultural collective De Nieuwe Collectie, with products such as exhibitions and publications for museums in the Netherlands, New York, Iran and Sri Lanka. From 2009 until 2020, Martine was Head of the History Department at the Rijksmuseum with responsibility for the museum’s historical programming. In this capacity she was committed to the growth of the History Department, provenance research into the museum’s colonial collections, the publication of the eight-volume Country Series and projects such as Document Nederland, the Night of History, the television series Historisch Bewijs, changing terminology and interpreting the collection by means of multiple perspectives.
Sandra Verdel has been working for the Mauritshuis since 2013. She started as the museum’s Coordinator of Online Communication before transitioning to her current role of Project Manager Digital Engagement. Over the last years, she has directed many digital projects, such as the complete renovation and upgrade of the Mauritshuis website and upgrade of the multimedia tour. She was in charge of creating the Mauritshuis Second Canvas app, in which the Mauritshuis (as the first museum in the world!) has been fully digitised into gigapixel format. In addition, she was project manager for the launch of Google Arts & Culture Meet Vermeer, the first-ever international online retrospective of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings.
Before her career at the Mauritshuis Sandra worked for the NCRV and the Royal Palace Amsterdam.
About the moderators
Charles Ho is Marketing Manager at The Wall Street Journal, overseeing global subscribers benefits and the loyalty proposition WSJ+ for The Wall Street Journal. Immersing himself in an international team, Charles spearheads WSJ+’s global strategy and members retention – from students through to professional memberships and networks. The Wall Street Journal now has the largest membership in its history. Alongside this, he is responsible for the Pride@DJ, and DJ Wellness initiatives across the region.
With twenty years of experience in the media industry, Charles joined Dow Jones from the Financial Times where he served as Campaign and Marketing Manager for FT Live. He is currently based in Hong Kong.
Maria Lee is an independent researcher and artist studio manager currently based in Taiwan. Her nearly 10 years’ experience in the art industry was sparked by a university essay prompt on the Gnostic gospels and early Christian art. Following a museum internship in the UK, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art from SOAS, University of London. Maria joined the Chinese Works of Art department in Sotheby’s Hong Kong and later took the role of Programme Manager at Asia Art Hong Kong. She read Theology at Oxford University.