The Mauritshuis, The Hague

Facelifts & Make-overs - exhibition design

Facelifts & Makeovers offers a glimpse into the world of the conservators of The Mauritshuis. How do they work? What secrets lie concealed within the layers of paint? How do they know what the original condition of a painting was like? And which dilemmas do they face?

This exhibition reveals the hidden world of conservation. On display are paintings by famous names – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen, De Hooch, Van Dijck, Potter, Rubens.

A painting is of course more than just paint on a surface. It is build up of various layers of material. Our scenography invites the visitor to emerge between these layers – looking through the eyes of the conservators during their extremely precise work and their microscopic view.

We created a stunning, immersive environment; details of the paintings on display function as backdrops for those same paintings. And, on a different level, we offer the technical specifics of all professional processes, tools, materials and networks.

Lighting design by Hans Wolff
Production Fiction Factory and RiwiColl
Photography by Mike Bink
Delivery 2021