We will start the festivities to celebrate the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the Anglo-Netherlands Society with a private viewing of the exhibition “Rembrandt’s Light”, opening on October 2 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. With a first drink in our hands, Jennifer Scott, Sackler Director of the Gallery since 2017 and curator for this much-anticipated exhibition, will say a few words of welcome and provide us with some insight that will help us to better appreciate the paintings. Having enjoyed the exhibition, we will end the visit with another drink in the Soane Gallery
2019 is The Year of Rembrandt with celebrations taking place throughout Europe to mark 350 years since the artist’s death (1669). Dulwich Picture Gallery will stage London’s Rembrandt tribute with an innovative exhibition that aims to refresh the way that we look at works by this incomparable Dutch Master.
‘Rembrandt’s Light’ will bring together 35 carefully selected international loans that focus on Rembrandt’s mastery of light and visual storytelling, concentrating on his greatest years from 1639-1658, when he lived in his ideal house at de Breestraat in the heart of Amsterdam (today the museum Het Rembrandthuis).
Arranged thematically, the exhibition will trace Rembrandt’s innovation: from evoking a meditative mood, to lighting people, to creating impact and drama. Highlights will include three of Rembrandt’s most famous images of women: A Woman Bathing in a Stream, A Woman in Bed and the Gallery’s inimitable Girl at a Window which will be displayed side-by-side for the first time. Along with many firsts, this show will bring the captivating painting Philemon and Baucis (National Gallery of Art, Washington) to the UK for the first time.
Rooms at the Dulwich Picture Gallery will be designed to encourage contemplative moments, with dramatic lighting and illuminating interpretation immersing visitors in Rembrandt’s world. Dulwich Picture Gallery will work with award-winning cinematographer, Peter Suschitzky, renowned for his work on films such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Mars Attacks! and as cinematographer on eleven of David Cronenberg’s films, to assist with lighting some of Rembrandt’s greatest paintings, etchings and drawings.
The special all-inclusive price for this private viewing is made possible with the generous support of a member of the Anglo-Netherlands Society, Mr Johnny van Haeften, who is also a Trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
(Rembrandt’s Light, 2 October 2019 – 2 February 2020, www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk)
On a Thursday in October from 6pm, evening private viewing with an introduction by the curator and drinks reception, members only, pre-registration and payment required.