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Netherlands/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

February 2016, the Netherlands and France have signed a treaty over Rembrandt’s twin portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. With the acquisition of the two paintings an amount of EUR 160 million was involved. The pact between Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker and her French counterpart, Fleur Pellerin, includes arrangements for the works to be restored in the Netherlands and then exhibited in the Rijksmuseum. Because French law prohibits joint ownership, each nation has bought one of the paintings (The Netherlands has acquired Maerten, France Oopjen). To ensure that they stay together, the new accord contains firm formal agreements between the two countries. The works will always be exhibited side by side, alternately at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris.

Chapter published: 13-03-2017

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