Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition
Explore the rise of one of the great artists in the European tradition, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69).
Bringing his paintings, prints and drawings into dialogue with works by friends, followers and rivals, many shown in Canada for the first time, Rembrandt in Amsterdam reveals the synergy between a gifted artist and the stimulating environment that challenged and inspired him.
Curated by Stephanie Dickey, Rembrandt in Amsterdam is the first ever exhibition to chart the transformative central decades of the artist’s career within the context of the Amsterdam art market. It is also the first major Rembrandt exhibition in Canada since 1969, and the first ever to be presented at the National Gallery of Canada.
The Dutch Republic of Rembrandt’s time had a very clear connection with the history of Turtle Island via contact between Indigenous peoples and Dutch settlers and through the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. A selection of works of contemporary and Indigenous art trace these connections and explore a wider perspective beyond a European focus, while contributions from Joana Joachim, Gerald McMaster and Rick Hill examine the impact of the Dutch colonial project on Black and Indigenous peoples.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
The exhibition is honoured by the co-patronage of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands and the Office of the Governor General of Canada. Proud partners include the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada and the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
October 6, 2021 to January 30, 2022