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15 July: Rembrandt’s Birthday

On 15 July 2019 The Rembrandt House Museum is Staging the Rembrandt Art Festival to Mark Rembrandt’s Birthday.

On Monday 15 July it will be Rembrandt’s 413th birthday and we will be celebrating it with a street party for the artist. The Rembrandt Art Festival is organized by The Rembrandt House Museum in association with Biz De Bree. Jodenbreestraat—where Rembrandt lived for almost twenty years—and the adjoining Sint Antoniesbreestraat will be given an artistic makeover. At the festival young and old alike can take part in workshops, relax and stroll around the stalls and watch artists at work. It’s not a party without music: a DJ bus and live jazz performances will give Rembrandt’s birthday a true festival atmosphere. The Rembrandt Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free.

Make your own Rembrandt

During the Rembrandt Art Festival you can get under Rembrandt’s skin and set to work yourself. Outside the museum you will find continuous etching workshops where museum instructors will help you make your own etching, which will be printed straight away. In the square opposite the Rembrandt House Museum you can make your own painting, thanks to the input of Royal Talens.

Artists working live in Jodenbreestraat

There is plenty more to do during the Rembrandt Art Festival for those who prefer to look at art rather than make it. Artists from the Antiek Tattoo Gallery—also tattooists—will be doing and showing their work. They have a special bond with Rembrandt as their gallery is in Rozengracht, on the very spot where Rembrandt lived after his bankruptcy and where he died in 1669. And there’s more! The artists taking part in the national Rembrandt Lives! Competition will be exhibiting their work in the stalls in the street and making art live.

Activities for young and old

The Rembrandt Art Festival has activities for young and old alike. A DJ bus, bouncy castles and special face-painting tables for children will make Rembrandt’s birthday a real party. But more serious art lovers will enjoy themselves too: one of the stalls is being taken over by Marcel Wanders’s team, which is bringing along his beautifully illustrated book, Rijks. Masters of the Golden Age. Anyone who wants to go a little deeper can buy a ticket for The Rembrandt House Museum’s summer exhibition, Inspired by Rembrandt: 100 Years of Collecting by The Rembrandt House, with work by Rembrandt and artists who were inspired by him, including Ferdinand Bol, Pablo Picasso, Aat Veldhoen, Glenn Brown and Marlene Dumas.

Celebrate Rembrandt’s Birthday at the Rembrandt Art Festival in Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam: Monday 15 July from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Past Events

The Rembrandt House Kicks Off Rembrandt Year with the Rembrandt Festival

Rembrandt’s life and work is being celebrated by the Rembrandt Festival in Jodenbreestraat, free and accessible to everyone. On 2 February 2019 from Midday to 9 p.m. you can ‘meet Rembrandt in the street’ during a street festival with artistic odes to the Dutch master.

2019 is the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. The Rembrandt House Museum is organizing Amsterdam’s start of the Rembrandt and the Golden Age national theme year. The house in Jodenbreestraat was the centre of Rembrandt’s success. He lived and worked there for almost twenty years, from 1639 to 1658.

Rembrandt’s life and work is being celebrated by the Rembrandt Festival in Jodenbreestraat, free and accessible to everyone. On 2 February 2019 from Midday to 9 p.m. you can ‘meet Rembrandt in the street’ during a street festival with artistic odes to the Dutch master.

NOS is making the programme ‘NOS: Opening Rembrandtjaar’, which will be broadcast on 2 February from 9.35 p.m. to 10.20 p.m. on NPO1, especially for this occasion.

Gold Frames
The street will be submerged in gold with dozens of gold frames. If you get closer to them you will find that the frames contain 350 interesting and entertaining facts about Rembrandt and his time, in today’s context. This will make the street the ideal spot for a selfie with a golden edge: can you make as beautiful a ‘portrait’ as Rembrandt did?

Performances by Young Talent
Discover today’s creative and promising talent during performances by students from Amsterdam’s Academy for Theatre and Dance and from the Conservatorium. From monologues to modern dance: Rembrandt still inspires.

Copy ‘The Night Watch’ Together
If you are inspired by Rembrandt you can set to work on ‘The Night Watch’. Visitors to the Rembrandt Festival in Jodenbreestraat can have a go at painting the famous masterpiece themselves. The replica will be three metres wide and two metres high, and everyone can join in!

NOS Talks to Celebrities and Experts about Rembrandt
In a special programme to be aired by NOS about the festival, Annechien Steenhuizen will be talking to museum directors Lidewij de Koekkoek (The Rembrandt House Museum) and Taco Dibbits (Rijksmuseum), who will reflect on Rembrandt’s timeless impact. Other guests including the artist Marco Borsato, the author Simone van der Vlugt and the photographer Carla van de Puttelaar will also discuss how Rembrandt lives on as a source of inspiration for them. The special ‘NOS: opening Rembrandtjaar’ can be watched on NPO1 on 2 February from 9.35 p.m. to 10.20 p.m