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Rembrandt: The Quest for Chiaroscuro

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Saturday 12 March 2011 – Sunday 12 June 2011
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
(Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Closed on:
Mondays (except open on 21 March and 2 May) and on Tuesday 22 March
The National Museum of Western Art, Nippon Television Network Corporation, The Yomiuri Shimbun
With support of:
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Special sponsor:
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., NIPPONKOA INSURANCE CO., LTD.
In cooperation with:
Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd., JAPAN AIRLINES, Nippon Express Co., Ltd., East Japan Railway Company, BS Nippon Corporation, CS Nippon Corporation, RF RADIO NIPPON CO., LTD., J-WAVE, INC., Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc., Television Kanagawa Inc., The Western Art Foundation
Special cooperation of:
NTV Europe
Admission Fees:
Adults - 1,400 yen, College students - 1,100 yen, High school students – 600 yen

For ticket sales from other than the museum’s own ticket office, see the Official Rembrandt website.

Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.

Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.

Admission to the Permanent Collection Galleries is included with the Rembrandt exhibition admission fee.
Next venue:
Nagoya City Art Museum
Sakae 2-17-25, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008 (Shirakawa Park)
Saturday 25 June 2011 to Sunday 4 September 2011
《An artist in his studio》

《Artist in his studio》
Ca. 1628
Oil on panel
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Prints and Paintings: Expression of Light and Dark by a Genius
As implied by his nickname, the “Master of Light and Shadow,” Rembrandt was a painter who repeatedly addressed the theme of light and the expression of shadows and darkness. And yet, possibly because this nickname became so widespread, people have had a difficult time understanding the truly revolutionary nature of his experiments with this light and dark expression. This exhibition focuses on three themes, “black prints,” “light colored paper” and “chiaroscuro.” The exhibition begins with a discussion of the Japanese washi paper that Rembrandt began to use for his prints around 1647. Why did Rembrandt use this paper? What relationship was there between the use of this paper and the different states of prints created? In other words, why did Rembrandt repeat the depiction of night scenes and darkness, over and over again? How did he depict direct light and reflected light? What was the role played by light and shadow in the composition of his narratives? This exhibition is a re-examination of the true meaning of “light and shadow” in Rembrandt’s paintings and prints, as seen through the layering and juxtaposition of these various issues. The exhibition also features a small number of his paintings and drawings that are closely related to his prints, as a means of confirming all the more clearly how he experimented with the light and dark expression seen in his prints, but here in the context of full color paintings. It is our hope that this exhibition featuring Rembrandt’s use of Japanese papers for his prints will further disseminate information on this crucial aspect of Japanese-Dutch interaction in the Age of Rembrandt.

For details, please see the Official Rembrandt website.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Official Rembrandt website. For details, please click here(in Japanese).

The exhibition will be accompanied by lectures, an international scholarly symposium, slide lectures, film screenings and interpretive talks.

《Minerva in her study》
Oil on canvas
Private Collection, New York

《Christ preaching : the hundred-guilder print》
Etching, drypoint and burin on Japanese paper
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

《The angel appearing to the shepherds》
Etching, burin and drypoint
Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

《Jan Six》
Etching, drypoint and burin
Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam


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