Call me Rembrandt! Breakthrough in Amsterdam

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Städel Museum
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Städel Museum
Schaumainkai 63
60596 Frankfurt am Main

"Finally, it's starting again!" With these words, Städel director Philipp Demandt opened the first major exhibition press conference since the lockdown. The major autumn exhibition "Call me Rembrandt! Breakthrough in Amsterdam" is not only intended as a sign of new beginnings after the crippling period of the Corona pandemic, but also to cement Frankfurt's reputation as a venue for major, important exhibitions. With 40 works from the museum's own collection and 90 magnificent loans, the exhibition will trace how Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn managed to become the great and important artist he is still regarded as today. In particular, the fact that a total of 60 of his works are shown in the exhibition in direct context with works by his contemporaries, fellow artists, competitors and students is intended to make it visually tangible what makes Rembrandt so special. A total of around 140 paintings, prints and drawings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries - from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, the National Gallery in London, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid or the National Gallery of Art in Washington - illuminate the artist's impressive rise and breakthrough from 1630 to the mid-1650s.

"Call Me Rembrandt! Breakthrough in Amsterdam" follows a thematically structured tour. In an open architecture, Rembrandt's works can meet those of his contemporaries and enter into dialogue with each other. This is exciting, surprising and allows even very familiar works to appear in a new light.

In the exhibition it also becomes clear how versatile Rembrandt's pictorial production was. In addition to landscapes, genre scenes and still lifes, it included above all dramatic history paintings and lifelike portraits. The confrontation with other painters influenced his artistic development just as much as his entrepreneurial ambitions. In the stimulating atmosphere of competition and rivalry in Amsterdam, where many talented artists vied for the favor of the wealthy bourgeoisie, Rembrandt developed the uniquely expressive pictorial language with which he eventually succeeded in the fiercely competitive art market.

The exhibition, which had to be postponed for 1 year, is meant to follow the success of the great Van Gogh exhibition and is also meant to be a very big thank you. A thank you to all the citizens, companies, foundations and associations who have shown the museum a tremendous wave of solidarity over the past months.

There is not only a comprehensive catalogue for the exhibition, but also a varied accompanying programme offering guided tours, online programmes and much more. You can find more HERE

Opening Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun + Holidays 10.00-18.00, Thu 10.00-21.00

Special opening hours: Up-to-date information on special opening hours, for example at Christmas and New Year, at

Tickets and admission: Tickets can be booked online at Tue-Fri 16 euros, concessions 14 euros; Sat, Sun + holidays 18 euros, concessions 16 euros; free admission for children under 12; groups of 10 or more regular paying persons: 14 euros per person, weekend 16 euros. Registration is generally required for all groups by phone +49-(0)69-605098-200 or

Call me Rembrandt! Breakthrough in Amsterdam

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