As part of “The Year of Rembrandt” commemorations, many cultural institutions and art galleries in the Netherlands will honor the Dutch Golden Age artist’s legacy with special exhibits and events. From Amsterdam as well as The Hague to Rembrandt van Rijn’s place of birth in Leiden, museums will stage unprecedented shows of the masterful artist’s most significant works of arts. While “The Year of Rembrandt” is more likely to encourage aficionados of the ‘Old Master’ to take tours in Amsterdam city, there is always a good reason to explore the other museums in the country.
Exhibits in the Rembrandt House Museum
The biggest Dutch museum, focused on Rembrandt’s works, is also joining in the commemorative events to be held throughout the year. The museum will also stage many special exhibits in memory of Rembrandt van Rijn’s 350th death anniversary. The following exhibits, in particular, are sure to generate more appreciation for his works and gain new understandings of them.
“Rembrandt’s Social Network”
The Rembrandt year will open with an exhibit at the Rembrandt House Museum, which is set to lay the context for his career as well as artistic influences. The “Rembrandt’s Social Network” exhibit will examine the role played by his acquaintances, friends, and family in shaping his work and life.
Rembrandt’s friends and family helped him buy paintings, lent money to him, and artistically challenged him. Through seldom-exhibited Rembrandt paintings, prints, and drawings, audiences will be familiarized with social forces that were integral to his identity. The exhibit will run from February 01 to May 19, 2019.
“Highlights: 108 Years of Collecting by the Rembrandt House”
In the summer of this year, the Rembrandt House Museum will feature the most outstanding examples from the museum’s collection with an exhibit that showcase works by artists who drew influence from the ‘Old Master’. This exhibit will run from June 07 to September 01, 2019.
In the recent past, many fascinating art discoveries have been made owing to developments in scientific technology as well as conversation practice. In 2019, the former workshop of Rembrandt van Rijn will be transformed into a lab, wherein key works of art will be studied with scientific methods, which will reveal insights and prompt discussions around the role scientists and conservators have to play in art connoisseurship.
“The Year of Rembrandt” Commemorations in the Rijksmuseum
The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Rembrandt’s paintings and renowned works by other artists of the Dutch Golden Age. This year, it will stage two major exhibitions devoted to Rembrandt. You can take part in them by getting tickets to private Rijksmuseum tour.
“All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum”
For the first ever time, the museum will present an exhibit of all twenty-two paintings, sixty drawings, and over three hundred best examples of prints by Rembrandt van Rijn in its collection. This exhibition will run from February 15 to June 10, 2019. There is even an exhibit devoted to the artist that you will be able to access when on a private Rijksmuseum tour.
“Rembrandt – Velázquez”
From October 11, 2019, to January 19, 2020, the museum will exhibit paintings by Rembrandt and Velázquez in pairs, along with masterpieces by Vermeer, Murillo, Hals, Zurbarán, and Ribera. It will present a comprehensive overview of Rembrandt and Velázquez’s paintings, investigating a significant dialogue with the former’s contemporary and conversations between the northern as well as southern schools of painting. “Rembrandt – Velázquez”, a triumph of collaboration between the Dutch museum and Madrid’s Prado Museum, is one of the most anticipated exhibits.
Rembrandt’s Works in The Hague
The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague is home to a world-famous collection of over 200 works of arts by Dutch and Flemish artists, comprising some of the most significant paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. In view of the Rembrandt year, 18 paintings attributed to the artist will be put on display, alongside other paintings that were earlier attributed to him and are seldom on display. This art survey in The Hague museum will unveil the history of art connoisseurship and an understanding of Rembrandt’s body of work.
Rembrandt Commemoration in Leiden Museum De Lakenhal
During the November 2019 to February 2020 period, Rembrandt’s works will return to his place of birth amongst the new galleries of the museum, which is set to reopen in spring after restoration and expansion works. The exhibit “Young Rembrandt” will be its first main show dedicated solely to the early works by Rembrandt.
With around 40 paintings, 20 drawings, and 120 etchings, the exhibit will encompass the course of his early work, letting visitors appreciate the development of his distinctive style, especially during the 1624 to 1634 period. Rembrandt flourished during that period as an independent, Dutch artist. Some important artworks that will make their way to the Leiden museum for the event comprise “Man in Oriental Costume”, from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and “Self-Portrait” from the Rijksmuseum.