In 2006, The Netherlands will celebrate the 400th birthday of Rembrandt, The Dutch master painter of the 17th century. Rembrandt’s birth year will be commemorated with an extensive and exciting program of exhibitions and events in Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague.
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For the first time the Rijksmuseum presents pieces that have once been attributed to Rembrandt, but in fact were not real Rembrandts. Really Rembrandt? will be on show from March 9 through May 31, 2006.
From June 2 through August 6, 2006 Nightwatching by Peter Greenaway, a theatrical installation with image and sound surrounding the Nightwatch, can be seen in the Rijksmuseum.
From August 11 to October 11, 2006
All the Drawings, part I: the Storyteller,
The Rembrandt House Museum, the house in which the master lived and worked for more than 20 years, will host four exhibitions. One of the top attractions of the Rembrandt Year is the exhibition Rembrandt, the Quest of a Genius, April 1 to June 25, 2006. Rembrandt is considered one of the great art innovators, and his unique oeuvre the result of a life-long artistic quest. Well over 50 paintings and 50 drawings and etchings shed new light on Rembrandt as a creative genius and the mainstay in an extremely productive studio. Visitors of the exhibition will be allowed a peek in Rembrandt’s ‘laboratory’, where he enthusiastically supervised the dynamic artistic activity.
Other exhibitions in the Rembrandt House are Rembrandt and British Printmaking (December 17, 2005 – March 12, 2006). The exhibition shows graphical work by British artists from 1850-1930 who were inspired by Rembrandt.
Rembrandt the Etcher (July 1 – August 27, 2006), shows Rembrandt as one of the greatest graphical talents of all time. His contemporaries already admired him for his free drawing technique, his dramatic clair obscure and his daring etching experiments. Until today his etchings have been a source of inspiration for various famous artists, such as Goya and Picasso. Rembrandt has made some 290 etchings altogether.
Uylenburgh & Son, Art and Commerce in Rembrandt's time (September 9 – December 3, 2006). The art dealers Hendrick and Gerrit Uylenburgh played a key role in art circles in 17th-century Amsterdam. After Rembrandt moved from Leiden to Amsterdam he worked for Hendrick Uylenburgh as the manager of his painting studio for nearly four years. Launched by Uylenburgh, Rembrandt soon acquired fame as Holland’s leading portrait painter. The exhibition presents a representative overview of the paintings and sculptures which the Uylenburgh store sold between 1625 and 1675. These include masterpieces by Antonie van Dyck, Govert Flinck, Caspar Netscher, Gerard Lairesse and, of course, Rembrandt.
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Many of Rembrandt’s works were inspired by the Bible. The exhibition Rembrandt and the Bible in the Biblical Museum, will show Rembrandt's complete oeuvre of etchings with biblical scenes, September 15 – December 10, 2006.
If you want to find out more about Rembrandt’s riches and debts, his clients and creditors, his women and children... head to the Municipal Archives Amsterdam to see Rembrandt’s Documents. A selection of important archival documents relating to Rembrandt’s life will be on view from October 15 to December 31, 2006.
The Amsterdam Historical Museum boasts a small, yet surprising Rembrandt collection. To mark the Rembrandt 400 year, the museum presents The Essence of Rembrandt from May 12 through August 13, 2006.
Rembrandt, the musical, from July 2006 to February 2007, shows the man behind the masterpieces, whose life was interspersed with so many shadows and dramatic events. The musical can be seen at the Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam.
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal will mark and start the Rembrandt Year with Rembrandt’s Mother, Myth and Reality from December 16, 2005 – March 19, 2006. The exhibition explores the mystery around the old woman reading the Bible. Rembrandt has portrayed this woman more than once. As early as the 17th century she was thought to be Rembrandt’s mother. But is she really his mother? After all, both Rembrandt’s friend Jan Lievens and his apprentice Gerrit Dou portrayed the same woman in some of their paintings.
Rembrandt, the Narrator, from April 13 to September 3, 2006, is the first occasion for which the complete collection of etchings of Rembrandt expert Frits Lugt (1884-1970) has been given on loan.
Rembrandt’s Landscapes from October 6, 2006 through January 7, 2007, is entirely devoted to Rembrandt’s etchings and drawings of landscapes.
In his earliest painted landscapes Rembrandt did not realistically register the world around him. Rather, they depicted scenes as he imagined them. This is in contrast with what Rembrandt drew. His fantasy created combinations of landscapes and architectural elements. Paintings, drawings and etchings show this rather unknown aspect of Rembrandt’s oeuvre. These works confirm Rembrandt’s reputation as a great master of light and shadow.
The three exhibitions will be accompanied by a presentation on Rembrandt’s life and work in Leiden. Rembrandt in Leiden will be open from December 16, 2005 throughout 2006.
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Rembrandt – Caravaggio
February 24 – June 18, 2006
To mark the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birthday in 2006, the Van Gogh Museum presents an exhibition by the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum featuring a remarkable confrontation between the two geniuses of Baroque art: Rembrandt van Rijn and his Italian counterpart, Caravaggio. In this first exhibition over 25 monumental paintings, by the masters of chiaroscuro, from various international museums provide a visual spectacle with powerful images of love, emotion and passion. Rembrandt-Caravaggio shows exclusively in Amsterdam.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) died four years after Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was born. Although they never met, there are many parallels between the two masters and their work. Both were revolutionary innovators in the art of Southern and Northern Europe. And while they stemmed from different traditions of painting, they each developed an individual, dramatic visual idiom.
Caravaggio’s work, which has not been shown in Holland since 1952, is represented in this exhibition by major items from international museums. Masterpieces such as The Supper at Emmaus from London, Amor Vincit Omnia from Berlin and the Sacrifice of Isaac from Florence are in Amsterdam for the show. Famous paintings by Rembrandt from various museums from all over the world are also featured in the exhibition, including the Blinding of Samson from Frankfurt and Belshazzar’s Feast from London. Most of the paintings are displayed in pairs of works by the two artists.
Also on display in the exhibition is work by the Caravaggists Honthorst and Van Baburen, Dutch artists who were influenced by Caravaggio while in Italy. It was through these painters that Rembrandt learned of Caravaggio and began practicing in the Caravaggist style in his early years, as some of the paintings in the exhibition show. Rembrandt’s own themes, style and method are also explored.
Van Gogh and Rembrandt
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