New exhibitions of Frank Auerbach, Alain de Botton, Alexander Calder, Rembrandt and 20th century photographers.
Raw Truth: Auerbach – Rembrandt
12 December 2013– 16 March 2014
The Rijksmuseum presents an exhibition of paintings by the renowned British artist Frank Auerbach (b.1931), shown alongside works of art by Rembrandt from the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Auerbach is a contemporary painter steeped in tradition and is well known for his engagement with the Old Masters. Raw Truth explores in detail the ways in which Rembrandt’s work became a source of fascination for Auerbach, and a lasting influence on his practice. The exhibition brings together five paintings by Auerbach and works by Rembrandt, from landscapes to intimate portraits.
Raw Truth: Auerbach – Rembrandt is a joint exhibition with Ordovas, London, where it will be on show from 4 October – 1 December 2013.
Art as Therapy - Alain de Botton in the Rijksmuseum
25 April – 7 September 2014
Guest curators Alain de Botton and John Armstrong present Art as Therapy, a series of new captions for 150 works in the Rijksmuseum’s permanent collection that seek to confront the visitor with a set of deeply personal concerns: work, love, status, mortality and difficult relationships. Art as Therapy aims to subvert the process of captioning paintings by showing not where art came from or who made it, but what it can do for the viewer. This ‘anti-blockbuster’ invites visitors to connect their personal concerns with the artworks on permanent display, throwing an entirely new light on the collection of the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition will be accompanied by Alain De Botton’s new book, Art as Therapy.
Alexander Calder in the Gardens
Rijksmuseum Summer Sculpture Garden
21 June – 5 October 2014
Around 20 monumental sculptures and mobiles by American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) will be displayed in the museum's new 'outdoor gallery'. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, large scale sculptures from museums and private collections across Europe and the USA will be shown in the open air.
The exhibition is the second in a series of annual international sculpture displays which will be presented in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens over the next four years, made possible with funding from the BankGiro Lottery and an anonymous donor.
Opening of the renovated Philips Wing
Following the re-opening of the main Rijksmuseum building in 2013, the completely renovated Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum will open its doors in the autumn of 2014. The Philips Wing will be dedicated to housing large and small temporary exhibitions, the first of which, Modern Times, will present 150 works from the Rijksmuseum’s outstanding 20th century photography collection. A Friends Room has also been added, along with an à la carte restaurant and a café featuring an outdoor terrace on the Museumplein. The new wing has been designed by Architects Cruz y Ortiz.
Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century
The Photo Collection of the Rijksmuseum
November 2014 – January 2015
For the first time the Rijksmuseum’s collection of 20th century photography will be presented as a large-scale exhibition. Modern Times shows the technological and aesthetic developments in 20th Century photography, from the breakthrough of photography as an art form to its modern uses as a journalistic medium. 150 photographs will be on display, including works by Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy and Helen Levitt.
Modern Times will be the first exhibition presented in the entirely renovated Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum. With thanks to Baker & McKenzie.
Rembrandt: The Final Years
12 February 2015– 17 May 2015
For the first time, the Rijksmuseum will present a major retrospective of Rembrandt van Rijn’s later work, a period in which the painter experimented with graphic and painting techniques. In collaboration with The National Gallery in London, the exhibition Rembrandt: The Final Years presents a comprehensive overview of the Master’s work, from around 1652 until his death in 1669. The paintings he produced during these years are among his most celebrated, and continue to define the lasting influence of the painter on modern audiences. The paintings and drawings in the exhibition are drawn from leading museums and private collections from across Europe and the USA.
Rembrandt: The Final Years will later go on show from 15 October 2014 to 18 January 2015 at The National Gallery in London.