Now on view



on view until 22 May 2022

Picturing the human body as it really is – that is not as obvious as it might seem. For centuries we have idealized our own and other people’s appearance. Nowadays we do it with Photoshop, plastic surgery and filters on social media. In the seventeenth century they idealized the way people looked in works of art. Rembrandt, however, did not. He looked at others – and himself – with an open and curious gaze, and often depicted people with the utmost realism. In the group show RAW, Rembrandt’s etchings introduce the work of thirteen contemporary artists. The show revolves around works by Melanie Bonajo, Marlene Dumas, Alix Marie, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Alex Farrar, Rineke Dijkstra, Paul Kooiker, Shannon Finnegan, Milan Gies, Jeroen Schokkin, Verena Blok, Aline Thomassen and Natasja Kensmil.

All the artists in this exhibition give a realistic view of the human body, its natural functions and the way we present ourselves to the outside world. A welcome and sobering alternative to the prevailing ideal image. The artworks are sometimes vulnerable, sometimes powerful, sometimes confrontational, but always raw.


On the occasion of RAW, we are organizing a number of inspiring events in collaboration with several partners. You can read the program below; keep an eye on this page for all updates.

Workshops MK24
MK24 organizes two weekends full of workshops, in which you get to work with different art forms. You can choose from seven two-day workshops, including ‘The anti-selfie’, ‘The human body in line and movement’ and ‘Portraiture is making contact’. What is special is that Jeroen Schokkin and Milan Gies, participating artists in the exhibition in The Rembrandt House Museum, will both lead a workshop! The workshop costs 180 euros per person, including a visit to the exhibition and lunch on both workshop days. Please note: most workshops are held in Dutch.

Dates and times
February 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
View all workshops and register here:

Lecture Vrije Academie (in Dutch)
What beauty ideals and taboos about the human body are prevalent in our society? And how do artists deal with this? The Vrije Academie is organizing a lecture about our exhibition RAW on two dates. In this lecture, art historian Mariska Doesburg discusses the honest, unpolished art on display. Very diverse forms of art are discussed: from paintings, photography and video art to three-dimensional installations. Doesburg delves deeper into the theme of the exhibition on the basis of controversial works by Marlene Dumas and Rineke Dijkstra, among others.

This Vrije Academie lecture will take place on Sunday 17 April and Wednesday 18 May in The Rembrandt House Museum. More information and registration:

Exclusive Art Editions in Collaboration with WE LIKE ART!
Would you like to bring a piece of the exhibition into your home? Now you can: two participating artists – Aline Thomassen and Alix Marie – have created exclusive editions of their work, which are now for sale in our museum shop and at We Like Art! View the editions here:

Aline Thomassen (1964) made a penetrating female portrait in an edition with additions in watercolour; each work is therefore unique. Thomassen has been building an oeuvre of expressive watercolours and drawings, mostly by women, for years. Alix Marie (1989) is a French artist who explores the similarities between skin and photographs; both are characterized by a delicate surface and both are prone to misinterpretation. Her artwork Bruise can be seen in RAW; Marie has made a smaller edition of this artwork.

Coming Soon
And there’s more to come! Soon we will share more information about the talk show and podcast RembrandtLIVE: Self-image in times of social media. You will also find more information here about the tour and studio visits in collaboration with the Young Collectors Circle.

RAW has been made possible in part thanks to the support of the Mondriaanfonds. RAW runs from 21 January to 22 May 2022 in the Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam.

Note for the press: for more information, please visit our press page.