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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.
Roze Filmdagen (meaning ‘Pink Film Days’) is the largest film festival for LGBTQ films in the Netherlands.
The wide and varied selection of films includes romantic comedies, provoking documentaries and everything in between. The variety in films reflects the diversity of the community. Besides several focus programmes we proudly showcase numerous short films that are (just like our feature and documentary films) sparkling, provocative, urgent, and engaging.
Join our cinematic cultural community experience that goes on for eleven days and meet and mingle with filmmakers and visitors who celebrate all aspects of sexual diversity.
But above all enjoy one of the 138 films we selected for you and hopefully you’ll be coming back for more.
Virtually all screenings are in English, or have English subtitles. There are a few exceptions but the listings in the mostly bilingual printed program, or on our website, will inform you about this.
The Amsterdam Wine Festival takes place at the Westergasfabriek twice a year. During the harvest festivals in March, where the southern hemisphere stands central and during the harvest festivals in September we celebrate the harvests of the northern hemisphere. During those periodes the wine farmers celebrate that the grapes have been safely collected and the wine making process can begin. We celebrate that with them!
Date & Times
Friday, March 22nd | 15:00 – 01:00
Saturday, March 23rd | 13:00 – 01:00
Sunday, March 24th | 13:00 – 22:00
Location: Westergasfabriek – Gashouder, Transformatorhuis en Leidinghuis
Parking by car: Q-Park, Van Bleiswijkstraat 8, 1051 DG Amsterdam
More than 300 different wines
Starting from €3,- a glass
Workshops & masterclasses
Join our large wine quiz or the grape pitch contest
Bands & live DJ
A culinary journey around the world with top chefs and restaurants
On Saturday 23 March the 8th edition of Jazzfest Amsterdam will take place. Come and join us in the nice homely atmosphere of the rooms and halls of Studio/K and StayOkay. There will be fantastic jazz, world, impro and musical meet-ups of new talent and known stars. It will be a huge Amsterdam Jazz party!
BEN WENDEL & THE CVA LARGE ENSEMBLE MABASSA OENE VAN GEEL & PHILIPP RÜTTGERS RENSKE TAMINIAU RODA DA HOLANDA SNOW – JEROEN VAN VLIET & FRANS VAN DER HOEVEN TILTAN DJ LEROY REY DJ JACQUES ECHEC MAARTEN VAN DER GRINTEN SOLO LAURA POLENCE TRIO KUMMER.VĪTOLS.PAYNE TRIO GUY SALAMON GROUP TINEKE POSTMA BLOOM TRIO (FEAT. MARC VAN ROON & TRISTAN RENFROW) ACK VAN ROOYEN & IAN CLEAVER ALAN PURVES & MARK LOTZ ANNA SERIERSE & HARMEN FRAANJE DUO UP CLOSE & DUDOK QUARTET AMSTERDAM FOREST LIGHT GUMBEAUX JAZZFEST VOOR KIDS 2019
And there is also a kids jazzfest with workshops for children from 4-8 years old and from 9-12 years old. Please check program and buy tickets here
7th edition Open Tower Day!
Saturday the 23rd of March 2019
About 20 historical and modern towers open their doors for you on the 23rd of March!
The towers participating in the Open Tower Day can be visited free of charge from 10:00 to 16:00. There are, however, a few exceptions. Therefore, before visiting the towers, please read the opening hours and the terms and conditions carefully. There are limited access possibilities for: the Westertoren, the Oudekerkstoren and the Posthoornkerk. Be quick to register, because full = full!
Film and Photo Competition
During the day you can participate in the Film and Photo Competition ‘Amsterdam Highlights’, and have a chance to win great Amsterdam prizes!
Binoculars and camera
We wish you a nice day and encourage you to bring your binoculars and camera, that way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery even more!
Organisation Open Tower Day
Reminder: don’t forget to bring your binoculars and also make sure to take beautiful photos for the photo contest!
Here you can find all the participating towers!
We are pleased to announce the IamExpat Fair Amsterdam 2019, which will take place on Saturday April 6 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek.
The meeting place for expats and local businesses
The IamExpat Fair is designed to support internationals in the Netherlands, providing them with everything they need in one location, on one day!
Running from 10am to 5pm in the Zuiveringshal West at Westergasfabriek, this free single-day event will host stands from dozens of companies and organisations working in housing, careers, education, expat services, health & leisure and family needs.
Free workshops and presentations will be happening throughout the day at Het Ketelhuis, North Sea Jazz Club and the Werkkamer.
At the IamExpat Fair in Amsterdam you can:
– Get assistance to find a rental property or understand Dutch mortgages
– Meet with recruiters and companies that are hiring
– Attend workshops about living and working in the Netherlands
– Learn about advancing your career through professional development
– Benefit from many special offers
– Find local health and lifestyle organisations
– Bring the whole family; there’s a play space for kids provided by Hestia Kinderopvang
– Connect with like-minded locals and expats from around the world
Sponsors of the IamExpat Fair Amsterdam 2018 include:
ABN AMRO International Clients, Booking.com, Nyenrode Business University, Expat Mortgages, UvA Talen, Lassus Tandartsen, Projob, Poundwise and Voorma & Millenaar.
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