FILM SCREENING. REMBRANDT
United Kingdom. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 85 min.
Saturday, February, 21st, 19:00
In 2015, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Documentary Film Center (DFC) continue their collaboration on the Exhibition on Screen project. The viewer gets a chance to see how an exhibition is installed, listen to museum specialists and witness the transformation of a curator’s idea into an exhibition project.
In 2015, Documentary Film Center (DFC) and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art continue their collaboration on the Exhibition on Screen project.
The second film to be screened as part of the program is Phil Grabsky’s Rembrandt, with the screening taking place on February 21 at 19:00.
Despite Rembrandt’s huge popularity, the recent exhibition at the National Gallery in London was the first large-scale show of his late works. The exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, took two years to prepare and brought together over 80 works made from 1650 until Rembrandt’s death in 1669, now belonging to museum collections in the UK, France, Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands. Those included some of his famous portraits, self-portraits and biblical paintings, as well as his lesser-known drawings and etchings. The film offers an insight into the preparation of the exhibition, with comments from conservators and art historians who worked on it.
In Rembrandt’s tragic later years he lost clients and was declared bankrupt. However, this was also the high point of his creative career, when some of his greatest masterpieces were made. These paintings were simpler in composition, less populated than the earlier works, but at the same time bolder in contrast, more expressive and emotionally charged, with their browns and reds radiant as if the canvases were lit from the inside.
1. «A Woman Bathing in a Stream», Rembrandt van Rijn, 1655, oil on panel, 62 x 47 cm, National Gallery, London
2. «Self-portrait», Rembrandt van Rijn, 1669, oil on canvas, 86 x 70.5 cm, National Gallery, London
3. «Portrait of Margaretha de Geer», Rembrandt van Rijn, 1661, oil on canvas, 130.5 x 97.5 cm, National Gallery, London