Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday Art Links

This seems to be the week for Rembrandt. First the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (Holland) is showing Rembrandt's 100 most beautiful drawings.

Next, The Rijksmuseum and Ordovas are staging a unique joint exhibition in the autumn, centred around paintings and etchings by Rembrandt on loan from the collection of the Rijksmuseum, in conversation with paintings by Frank Auerbach. Raw Truth: Auerbach-Rembrandt opened to the public on 4 October and runs until 1 December 2013 at Ordovas, Savile Row, London and then travel to the Rijksmuseum from 12 December until 16 March 2014. The exhibition brings together a striking group of landscapes and portraits by the 17th century Dutch painter, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, and Frank Auerbach, the renowned British artist. This is the first collaborative exhibition to be presented by the newly renovated Rijksmuseum and Frank Auerbach is the first contemporary artist ever to show alongside works from their collection. (Image: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (from the collection of the Rijksmuseum): Joseph telling his dreams to his parents and his brothers, 1633; Joseph telling his dreams, 1638; Portrait of Dr. Ephraïm Bueno, 1645-1647; The Three Trees, 1643.

I can't imagine any painter holding his or her own hanging next to Rembrandt.

 A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland reveals the spectacular artwork and larger-than-life characters from a 19th century Japanese cultural phenomenon. Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints offers a unique chance to see the highlights of National Museums Scotland’s collection of Japanese woodblock prints. Striking designs present vivid depictions of Kabuki, the popular form of traditional, all-male, Japanese theatre which combines drama, music, dance and acrobatics in convoluted plots concerning dramatic, emotional conflicts and feats of derring-do.

"The Dream of Saint Catherine of Alexandria" by Italian artist Ludovico Carracci AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK. 

Sparked by a dream of a new life, the Renaissance set great store by dreams, their interpretation and representation: in political and social life, with the revival of divinatory practices; in literature, both prose and poetry; in medical and theological debates, especially during the terrible witch hunts throughout Europe from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. There then flowered what might be called 'the old regime' of dreams, based on the idea that sleep and dreaming put us in contact with the powers of the other world. When we dream, do we escape the constraint of our own bodies to enter into contact with the divine?  The exhibit may not answer all these questions but the art is superb.

A visitor looks at "Pieta" at the opening of the exhibition entitled "The heritage of Rogier van der Weyden" presenting the works of early Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels on October 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/BELGA/BENOIT DOPPAGNE. 

This autumn of 2013 the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is staging an exhibition devoted to painting in Brussels in the period between the death of Rogier van der Weyden (1464) and the activity of Bernard van Orley (1515-1541).


A Cuban In London said...

Great to read about this painter whose work I have always admired.

Greetings from London.

Namastenancy said...

Which one? There are so many mentioned here that I lost track.

It's good to hear from you. I always read your page but don't often think I have much to add to the discussions other than my appreciation for the topics that you cover and how well you write.