To honor of the life and work of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), there will be exhibitions all over the Netherlands to celebrate his art, his pupils, his networks, his techniques and his city. He is considered one of the world’s greatest artists and it has been 350 years since his passing.
I want to go to see the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens and visit the museums. Want to meet me in Amsterdam? There will be 14 exhibitions in 12 museums in Amsterdam and seven other Dutch cities. You can explore by cruise or by land. Stay next door to the Rijksmuseum, at the Conservatorium Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s famous fashion and museum district.
2019: The Year of Rembrandt and the Golden Age
As part of the national celebration of Rembrandt and the Golden Age there will be special activities and exhibitions throughout the Netherlands. The Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Museum de Lakenhal, the Mauritshuis, Amsterdam Museum and the Fries Museum have special programmes focusing on the master himself.
Rembrandt’s Social Network
Family, Friends and Acquaintances
1 February – 19 May 2019
The Rembrandt House’s staging of Rembrandt’s Social Network marks the start of Rembrandt Year 2019, three and a half centuries after his death. This exhibition will be devoted to Rembrandt’s friends and acquaintances and the role they played in his life and work – for even a great artist like Rembrandt was no lonely genius. A good networker, he used his social network actively and determinedly. He had a family and friends who helped him, who bought his paintings, who lent him money and challenged him artistically.
Rembrandt’s social network will be explored through some major figures in his life – his childhood friend Jan Lievens, the art connoisseur Jan Six, Abraham Francen, who stood by him in difficult times, artist friends such as Roelant Roghman and, of course, his wife’s family, the Uylenburghs, his ‘blood relations’. The informality of the paintings, drawings and prints is striking and the exhibition includes work by Rembrandt that has rarely if ever been seen in the Netherlands.
108 Years of Collecting by the Rembrandt House
7 June – 1 September 2019
The Rembrandt House is not just Rembrandt’s former home and workshop; for more than a century it has been a museum with its own collection. The collection consists primarily of works on paper. Rembrandt’s etchings are of course well represented, but the museum also has prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt.
This exhibition will feature the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Discover the surprising selection of old and new, big and small, fine and sketchy. You will see work by such artists as Rembrandt, Hercules Segers, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, and also by Horst Janssen, Willem den Ouden, Charles Donker and Glenn Brown.
Rembrandt’s Technique Unpicked
21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020
How did Rembrandt make his paintings and etchings? And how do we go about investigating this today? In the autumn of 2019, Rembrandt’s former workshop will be transformed into a laboratory-like setting, in which the new insights and the master’s secrets will be revealed. Follow Rembrandt’s hand as he painted; see what was added to the painting by others and consider the dilemmas of researchers and conservators.
This exhibition will bring the world of research into materials and techniques to life. In recent years scientists and restorers have subjected various works of art by Rembrandt to the latest analytical methods. This has often produced surprising and ground-breaking results. Now visitors will be able to experience the scientific methods and techniques for themselves, in the place where the works of art were made.
This exhibition is staged in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Folkert de Jong
The Perception of Rembrandt
1 October 2019 – 29 March 2020
In the autumn of 2019, the internationally-renowned Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong (1972) will take over Rembrandt’s former home and workshop. He is fascinated by today’s need to re-experience the past. In the museum he will go in search of the DNA of the Rembrandt House: exactly what that is, and how do we see (invisible) traces of the residents and Rembrandt himself?
This quest for the history of the place will engender new works of art that will occupy a subtle place in the house, giving Folkert de Jong the chance to show how Rembrandt is portrayed in film and theatre, for example. He will create an installation in the courtyard around Rembrandt’s bankruptcy and the inventory of his estate.
Folkert de Jong’s research coincides with the investigation the museum team is conducting into the museum presentation ahead of the expansion and restoration of the Rembrandt House.
The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands and world famous for its masterpieces by Rembrandt and other Dutch artists of the Golden Age. The museum presents a journey through Dutch history, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. At the heart of the building is the spectacular Gallery of Honour, where magnificent paintings by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt are on show. This gallery leads you to the dedicated space created for Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece: The Night Watch.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. In his self-portraits, he explored expressions of emotions which reflect his fascination with light and darkness. In all his work, Rembrandt reveals himself as a great storyteller who consistently expresses true human emotions. As a result, his work retains its power even today.
The Rijksmuseum presents two major Rembrandt exhibitions:
All the Rembrandts of the museum 15 February – 10 June 2019
Nowhere in the world can you find more Rembrandts than in the Rijksmuseum. And for the first time, the entire collection is on display at All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum. Twenty-two paintings, sixty drawings and the 300 best examples of his 1,300 prints give a complete and versatile picture of the Netherlands’ most important artist. The exhibition not only showcases his phenomenal technique and innovative applications, but also gives visitors an opportunity to know Rembrandt, the man. The numerous scenes from everyday life show him in his own environment and reflect what held his interest.
Rembrandt – Velázquez
11 October 2019 – 19 January 2020
In the autumn of 2019, the Rijksmuseum presents Rembrandt-Velázquez. A comprehen- sive overview of paintings by the two great masters of the 17th century from the Netherlands and Spain. Extraordinary works, rooted in realism and religion, were created in both artistic environments. Masterpieces by Velázquez, Rembrandt, Murillo, Vermeer, Zurbarán, Hals and Ribera are on display together for the first time thanks to a unique collaboration between the Museo del Prado and the Rijksmuseum.
The Spanish and Dutch masterpieces will be exhibited in pairs, each of which is an extraordinary encounter where the focus is all about beauty.
This article was first published on We Said Go Travel.