Gemäldegalerie Lends Two Paintings by Vermeer to Museum in Tokyo


With its outstanding collection of European painting, the Gemäldegalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin receives many loan requests for exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Two of the collection’s most sought after highlights are Woman with a Pearl Necklace (cat. no. 912B), from around 1663/64, and The Wine Glass (cat. no. 912C), from circa 1658–60, by Delft painter Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675). The works are of particular significance, given that only some 30 paintings by Vermeer have been preserved.

Both paintings will be lent to the Ueno Royal Museum Tokyo, where from 5 October 2018 to 3 February 2019 they will be able to be admired in the exhibition Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art, together with other major loans from institutions such as the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Metropolitan Museum New York.

Because of this, Woman with a Pearl Necklace and The Wine Glass will be removed from the exhibition spaces of the Gemäldegalerie on 17 September 2018. From mid-February 2019 on, both works will be back on display in their rightful location in Room 18.

Also currently on loan is Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting Two Chained Monkeys. The picture will be shown from 2 October 2018 to 13 January 2019 in Vienna in the exhibition Pieter Bruegel the Elder, before returning to the Gemäldegalerie in late January.