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"Rembrandt 2000"
1999-09-25 until 2000-01-09
Den Haag, , NL Netherlands

>As the new millennium approaches, we will be looking back over 2000 years of Christianity and . the countless high and low points of Western civilisation. Strategically, economically and artistically, the 17th century was a triumphant period for Holland. The Golden Age produced many important painters, including such major figures as Hals, Ruysdaal and Vermeer. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, however, is by far the most famous. He was the artist responsible for the worlds most famous painting: The Night Watch.

The Night Watch and Rembrandts other works are the inspiration behind the exceptional exhibition REMBRANDT 2000. Not just because the talented millers son from Leiden made the single most important artistic contribution to Dutch history, but also as a tribute and mark of appreciation of his work. And in particular, to emphasise the quality and power of his works, with the aim of preserving these for the next millennium.

Rembrandt 2000 is a unique exhibition in which contemporary artists pay tribute to the Netherlands greatest painter.

Unique because it is an artists initiative;

Unique because the Night Watch is coming to The Hague;

Unique because some of the very best contemporary artists will be participating;

Unique because the ConTEMPORARY Museum Rembrandt 2000 will be located in a monumental former bank on the Kneuterdijk;

Unique because the exhibition Rembrandt Zelf (Rembrandt Himself) will be taking place at the same time in the Mauritshuis museum, only a few minutes walk from the Kneuterdijk.

No trouble or expense has been spared in bringing you a unique realisation of the world-famous Night Watch at the Rembrandt 2000 exhibition. The Night Watch 2000 canvas (life-size), complete with attendant, attributes and special lighting, allows you to become acquainted with Rembrandts life, his masterpiece and his skilful painting techniques. You will be amazed! Painted in oils and with an area of over 16 square metres, was designed and realised by the renowned Hague artists Marcello&Els and Sis Josip. Of course - lets not try and hide it - every technique available to the artist in (just about) the year 2000 was exploited.

This exceptional exhibition was conceived by the well-known artists Marcello&Els and Sis Josip. Marcello&Els will present super-large screen prints on canvas together with sculptures based on Rembrandts portraits. Sis Josip will present highlights from Rembrandts works: computer-manipulated oil paintings of famous and less famous Dutch people. Sis Josip will also present a surprising costume installation. Spread over three floors of the magnificent museum you will find the works of a number of contemporary artists who have been specially invited to participate in Rembrandt 2000. Each artist will be presenting a modern vision of Rembrandts works.

In the ConTEMPORARY Museum you will also find a room with so-called Rembrandt curiosa: lighters, jigsaw puzzles, tiles, ashtrays, the Night Watch embroidered by diligent housewives, etc. Superkitsch!!

You will also be able to see a number of works on loan, and a number of young artists will be given the opportunity to present themselves to the general public.

The museum is situated in the colossal former bank building at Kneuterdijk 1, two minutes walk from the Mauritshuis Museum. The monumental neo-Renaissance building contains many stunning rooms and halls richly ornamented with inlaid wood and special marble. Several of the rooms look onto the houses of Parliament and the lake in front of them, the historical Hofvijver. The building has all the facilities you would expect from a true temporary contemporary museum. In addition to the exhibition rooms, there is a restaurant, a shop and a gallery.

25 September 1999 to 9 January 2000. Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00 hours. Also open on 25 and 26 December. The ConTEMPORARY Museum will be closed on 1 January 2000.

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