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Sketcher of selfies and etcher of Instagram stories – the first ever comprehensive display of Rembrandt’s work at the Rijksmuseum shows the ‘rebel’ 17th century artist in a new light.
The display, Alle Rembrandts, opens on Friday and runs until 10th June, and is predicted to be a blockbuster.
For the first time, the museum in Amsterdam is showing all of its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and the best prints of its 300 etchings by the Leiden-born artist Rembrandt van Rijn.
Many of these fragile pieces – which are displayed in a dramatic half-light– have been in storage waiting for the exhibition and will afterwards go back to recover.
Taco Dibbits, general director of the Rijksmuseum, predicts the exhibition showing Rembrandt’s keen observation of daily life as well as his power as a grandiose storyteller would strike a chord with the modern public.
‘The Rijksmuseum has the world’s largest and most representative oversight of Rembrandt’s work, and for the first time we are showing everything in the house,’ said Dibbits at a press viewing.
‘When you walk into this exhibition, you walk into Rembrandt’s life – Rembrandt the rebel, who does not follow the rules of art, who isn’t about beauty but about the raw reality. He draws all of us in our beauty, our ugliness, our imperfections, joy and grief.’
He said that he was personally most struck by the often tiny etches and drawings of Rembrandt, showing his bedroom, his wife Saskia in pregnancy and terminal sickness and – most of all – himself.
‘He draws himself like no other artist,’ said Dibbits, ‘with more selfies – if I could call them that – than you can imagine. He often “photographs” himself, and he was the first artist to put himself, his friends, and family, the landscape, even a shell, into an etching.’
Erik Hinterding, curator of the exhibition, said it aimed to display the engaging, personal quality of his work from quick sketches of funny faces to the human faces painted into imagined Biblical scenes.
‘He was a sort of Instagrammer,’ he said. ‘He made kind of snapshots of what was happening at home, with his wife Saskia [sick] in bed: no artist before him had let us into his bedroom, and it really touches you. It’s so personal.’
The exhibition is organised in two halves: the first, focusing on Rembrandt’s observations of people and everyday life from his father and mother to a random man, woman and child urinating in public. The second shows how he dramatised these real faces into grand scenes from the Bible and large-scale paintings.
His sketches and etchings – works needled into a copper plate, treated with acid and then printed – are often tiny. Some show him pulling faces, visages lined with wrinkles or salacious images – a man looking up a woman’s skirt, or a woman sitting naked with a man’s hat on the table beside her.
According to Dibbits, this mixture of observation of the ordinary plus extraordinary ability is what makes Rembrandt’s art so ‘recognisable’. ‘Rembrandt is for everyone – it’s for the world.’
The display is part of a series of exhibitions across the Netherlands in honour of the artist, 350 years after his death. The Rijksmuseum has also published its first biography, aiming to tell a fact-based tale of the life of the ‘rebel’ and miller’s son alongside his works.
Visitors can listen to an audio explanation of the new show in four languages via the museum’s app as well as through conventional devices.
The month of April will see tulips of various varieties blooming in beds and pots at 85 locations around the city of Amsterdam. For instance, there are tulips in the fountain on the Museumplein, alongside the roads on Van der Pekstraat in Noord, on the wharves outside the Eye film museum and Nemo, the science museum. One tulip bulb has been planted for every resident of Amsterdam, which comes down to 800.000!!
Various locations, Amsterdam, April 1 until April30.
A festival guide can be bought for 2 Euro at various informationpoints, you can find them on http://www.tulpfestival.com/
Springsnow is the magical natural phenomenon that symbolises the true start of Amsterdam’s spring, when the elm trees unleash their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms, twirling down like confetti thrown to greet the sun.
The signature tree of Amsterdam
The elm is the signature tree of Amsterdam, much like the linden tree in Berlin, or the plane trees of Paris. With more than 75.000 elm trees throughout the city, Amsterdam could be called the elm capital of the world.
For centuries, elm trees have defined Amsterdam’s cityscape. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the canal district of the historical city centre.
Follow the elm route
You can follow the eight-km-long elm route, and catch the spring snow. The route starts at the elm arboretum, next to EYE, and runs through the Hortus Botanicus, one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens.
The Digital Poetree
If you want to feel like a part of the drifting experience, attach a message to a Springsnow seed at the Digital Poetree and track where the wind carries it!
Festival Aangeschoten Wild is an accessible music- and culture-festival in Delft, that aims to invite their audience to discover and explore new forms of culture. The festival grounds – in and around an old glue factory – have ample room for over 40 artists, ranging from small-scale theatre performances to shows of tomorrow’s leading bands. Artists of national fame complement local and regional talents, from a wide variety of genres: pop, rock, ska, singer-songwriter and electronica. More than 200 students work together to make everything happen and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere seen at Festival Aangeschoten Wild – May 10th for the 11th time!
From 15.30 until 2 in the morning
Great sales and a great atmosphere at the Ij Hallen Flea Market
The IJ-Hallen is the biggest and most unique flea market in Europe and is located in the most densely populated area of The Netherlands. Because of the size of the market, supply and demand are perfectly balanced and you will have a great chance of finding what you are looking for. The IJ-Hallen is recommended to anyone who loves flea markets and great bargains.
There is a free parking opportunity opposite to Papaverweg 50, 1032 KJ Amsterdam. From there you can go to the IJ-Hallen via the bridge by foot. It will be appoximately a 3-minute walk. Another option is parking closer to the market. However, parking fees are required there for visitors, which cost from 9am € 1,30 per hour and €7,80 a daycard. The choice is yours. The free NDSM-ferry from Amsterdam Central Station makes your visit definitely worthwhile.
Entrance fee is € 5,00 and only € 2,00 for kids aged 11 or younger.
International Kids Festival – July 13th & 14th
12:00 Amsterdamse Bos
Kids just wanna have fun! Joina weekend of fun for the whole family. This is the largest international kids festival in The Netherlands so you and your little ones will surely have a blast. A sneak peak of available activities:
Kids DJ workshop
Blow up castles 🏰
Kids Yoga workshop🧘🏻♂️
More to come!
For questions, inquiries or sponsorship please mail info.IKFA@gmail.com