So on Saturday (13th December) I braved the hordes of Christmas shoppers and met some fellow artists at a local mall to see the next featured exhibition in the series, Exhibition on Screen. The featured artist was Rembrandt and his late works which were recently exhibited at London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
This is the blurb:
“This Brilliant, brave blockbuster reveals the true Rembrandt.” The Guardian
“He is a man demonstrating the range of his techniques…and a sheer humanity that will captivate the public.” The Independent
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but this major new show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is an event like no other. Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.
The exhibition focuses on the highlights from the final years of Rembrandt’s life, commonly thought to be his finest years. The masterpieces he produced during this period could be called his defining works, with each piece so soulful and honest that they helped sculpt our idea of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist.
This film explores each of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.
It was awesome, and again I cannot recommend this highly enough: seeing these beautiful artworks on the scale of a huge cinema screen is an awe-inspiring and transcendent experience. The colour, detail and textural qualities you are able to see is something that cannot fully be described. It is a sensory wonder for one’s eyes and one’s soul. You MUST do it!