The world celebrates Rembrandt

rembrandtLiving in Amsterdam, it’s hard to avoid exposure to Rembrandt, the renowned artist and paradigm of the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century.

Impossible to avoid today as it is the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Dutch master – 15 July 1606 – whose full name is Rembrandt van Rijn.

Celebration events are taking place in museums and other locations worldwide, far beyond Holland’s borders. CODART, the worldwide network of museum curators of Dutch and Flemish art, is tracking all events, 85 at the last count.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has events going on throughout 2006 celebrating Rembrandt. The museum itself is undergoing major restorative work until 2008, but that’s not interfering with the excellent activities, especially Nightwatching:

Nightwatching in the Rijksmuseum is a theatrical installation that uses images and sound around the theme of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. This creation from the renowned director Peter Greenaway sheds an entirely new light on Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece, in which the visitors are transformed into a theatre audience and the characters from the painting come to life.

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