All the Rembrandts

November 6 2018 - 5:05 PM Exhibition 15 februari - 10 juni 2019

Rijksmuseum marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death in 2019 with ‘Year of Rembrandt’. The year-long celebration opens with ‘All the Rembrandts’ (15 February to 10 June), in which the Rijksmuseum will present for the first time an exhibition of all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 best examples of Rembrandt’s prints in its collection.

As well as holding the world’s largest collection of Rembrandt paintings – including The Night Watch, the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, The Jewish Bride – the Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s most comprehensive and representative overview of Rembrandt’s painting oeuvre.

Given the extreme rarity that many of these delicate drawings and prints go on display, All the Rembrandts offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to glean an unparalleled perspective on Rembrandt the artist, the human, the storyteller, the innovator.

The Rembrandt collection in the Rijksmuseum

foto1 Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait, c. 1628The recent acquisition of the spectacular marriage portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit means the Rijksmuseum’s collection of Rembrandt paintings is now the largest in the world. With its total of 22 works, from the early _Self-Portrait as a Young Man to the later Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, the collection forms a coherent overview of his entire life. The highlight of the collection of Rembrandt’s paintings is his greatest masterpiece, The Night Watch.

The comprehensive collection of drawings encompasses all Rembrandt’s periods and styles, and includes numerous exceptional drawings from his early period. The Rijksmuseum will show only the most beautiful and finest of Rembrandt’s 1300 prints. The 17th-century prints are exceedingly fragile and rarely displayed in public.

The exhibition

All the Rembrandts will explore different aspects of Rembrandt’s life and work through a number of themes. The first section presents the milestones of his career as a young artist; when Rembrandt looks at himself in the mirror, the viewer looks over his shoulder. A close examination of Rembrandt’s many self-portraits reveals his growth as an artist of incomparable talent.

foto2 Rembrandt van Rijn, Nude Woman Resting on a Cushion, c. 1658The second section of the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt’s surroundings and the people in his life. As a young man Rembrandt honed his craft by painting portraits of his mother, his family and acquaintances. He even made a powerful portrait of his wife Saskia as she lay ill in bed. The artist was also fascinated by the wider world around him: the beggars, the buskers, the vagrants, the actors. He drew and painted countless portraits of the people he encountered.

foto4 Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661Rembrandt was a gifted storyteller, and his stories are at the heart of the last section of the exhibition. The Old Testament tales inspired Isaac and Rebecca (the alternative title for The Jewish Bride, c. 1665–1669) and Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661) in which he gives masterful expression to gestures and emotions that are familiar, tangible and intimate. Early depictions of these tales tend to be delicate and refined; later in life Rembrandt used a coarser experimental technique, applying ingenious colour and light effects to further enhance the narrative and draw out its essence.

Curators: Erik Hinterding and Mireille Linck
Exhibtion and graphic design: Irma Boom

Programme

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive programme of lectures, workshops and events. Details of the programme will be announced later this year.

Rembrandt. Biography of a rebel

In Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel, curator Jonathan Bikker takes us on a journey past all of the ups and downs of Rembrandt’s life in seventeenth century Leiden and Amsterdam. With humour, insight and compassion, he shows us Rembrandt’s genius and the novelty of his works, and brings the artist back to life – you will not get any closer to Rembrandt than this.

Title: Rembrandt. Biography of a rebel
Author: Jonathan Bikker
Design: Irma Boom
Price: €25
ISBN: Dutch 9789462084742
English: 9789462084759

Tickets

Tickets for the exhibition will go on sale through the Rijksmuseum website from January 2019. Tickets will allow entrance to the museum for a specific time slot. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the regular admission price to the museum.

Sponsors

All the Rembrandts is made possible in part by the Blockbusterfonds, ING and the Patrons of the Rijksmuseum.

2019 | Year of Rembrandt

2019 marks the 350th Anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn, the greatest master of the Dutch Golden Age. To celebrate this important anniversary, the Rijksmuseum will stage The Year of Rembrandt, an extraordinary year of special events and exhibitions celebrating the work of one of the world’s greatest artists. In the spring, the Rijksmuseum presents the exhibition All the Rembrandts (15 February – 10 June 2019). In the autumn, the Rijksmuseum will showcase a comprehensive overview of paintings by the two great masters of the 17th century in the exhibition Rembrandt – Velázquez (11 October 2019 – 19 January 2020). More information

Downloads

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Three Trees, 1643. Rijksmuseum
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Three Crosses, 1653. Mr and Mrs De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers’ Guild, Known as ‘The Syndics’, 1662. On loan from the City of Amsterdam
Rembrandt van Rijn, Isaac and Rebecca, Known as ‘The Jewish Bride, c. 1665 – c. 1669. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest)
Rembrandt van Rijn, Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, 1630. Purchased with the support of private collectors, the Vereniging Rembrandt and the Stichting tot Bevordering van de Belangen van het Rijksmuseum
Rembrandt van Rijn, Saskia Sitting by a Window, c. 1638. Gift of C. Hofstede de Groot, The Hague
Rembrandt van Rijn, Jupiter and Antiope, 1659. Rijksmuseum
Rembrandt van Rijn, Landscape with a Stone Bridge, c. 1638. Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt and A. Bredius, Amsterdam
Rembrandt van Rijn, Recumbent Lion, c. 1660. Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt
Rembrandt van Rijn, Man in Oriental Dress, 1635. Gift of Mr and Mrs Kessler-Hülsmann, Kapelle op den Bosch
Rembrandt van Rijn, Nude Woman Resting on a Cushion, c. 1658. Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt
Rembrandt van Rijn, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as the ‘Night Watch’, 1642. On loan from the City of Amsterdam.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait with the forearm leaning on a stone threshold, 1639. Rijksmuseum
Rembrandt van Rijnb, Self-portrait with Tousled Hair, c. 1628 – c.1629. De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait, c. 1628. Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Stichting tot Bevordering van de Belangen van het Rijksmuseum and the ministerie van CRM
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661. De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland
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