Elspeth Diederix


1 June - 16 October 2022


What happens when new masters pick up where old masters left off? Find out in our photography exhibition FLASH | BACK. Sixteen leading photographers - including Erwin Olaf, Rineke Dijkstra, Anton Corbijn, and Elspeth Diederix - have created new work inspired by the 17th-century paintings in the Maurithuis collection.

The result is 16 photographs, one for each room in the Mauritshuis. The new works will be displayed alongside the 17th-century works that inspired them. Once you have seen these modern masterpieces, you will never look at Rembrandt, Vermeer, or Steen in the same way.

The photographers were entirely free to select what they wanted to work with at the Mauritshuis. For some of it was a painting, for another a detail from a painting, or even an entire room in the museum. Expect to see original and surprising reflections on 17th-century art: counterparts, commentaries, alternatives. None of the photographs is a remake of the original painting.