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.

The Rembrandt House Museum is also organizing a number of inspiring events in the context of RAW. The programme includes the talk show and podcast RembrandtLIVE: Self-Image in Times of Social Media, a series of workshops at MK24, online lectures in collaboration with the Vrije Academie, an exclusive guided tour and studio visits in association with the Young Collectors Circle and a networking day for art students. We also have a special partnership with We Like Art!, with whom we have made two exclusive RAW art editions, in cooperation with artists Alix Marie and Aline Thomassen. For updates, please visit this page.


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.

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