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The Rijksmuseum celebrates Rembrandt Association anniversary with exhibition of outstanding drawings

To mark the 135th anniversary of the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) the Rijksmuseum is presenting selected highlights of Dutch drawing across five of its galleries. These works were recently acquired with the support of members of the Rembrandt Association, and they encompass all aspects of the art of drawing, from nude study to landscape.


This presentation in the Rijksmuseum runs from 19 September 2018 to 4 March 2019.

Each exhibition room centres on a single work. The focus in one of the galleries is on one of the earliest preserved studies of the female nude from the Northern Netherlands. In another, an exceptionally rare drawing by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (c. 1500-1559) will be on show – an international star in his own lifetime, Vermeyen worked at the courts of Margaret of Austria and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Another exhibit is Jacob Cats’ (1741-1799) spectacular panorama, one of the highlights of the artist’s career. Others include drawings from everyday life by the Amsterdam artist Christiaan Andriessen (1775-1846), and one gallery is devoted entirely to 17th-century drawings of children by artists including Gerard ter Borch.

The Rembrandt Association and the Rijksmuseum

Since its founding in 1883 the Rembrandt Association has contributed to the acquisition of many famous and essential works held in Dutch public collections. For the Rijksmuseum alone, the Rembrandt Association contributed to the purchase of hundreds of artworks, ranging from paintings and works on paper to silverware and Asian art.

For the Love of Art

The exhibition For the Love of Art (Als kunst je lief is), which runs from 30 September 2018 to 3 February 2019 at the Kröller-Müller Museum, is an initiative of the Rembrandt Association. This once-only exhibition brings together 80 important acquisitions by 40 Dutch museums that have been purchased in the past decade with the support of the Rembrandt Association. For the Love of Art embraces the entire spectrum of these museum acquisitions, which include a prehistoric sword from Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, an installation by Louise Bourgeois from Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague) and a silver tazza from Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg. Together, these acquisitions reflect how the Dutch National Collection (Collectie Nederland) has been enriched in the 2008-2018 period.

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