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Every Monday, we highlight an artwork that is part of the collection of The Rembrandt House Museum, or currently on view at the museum. Today, we would like to take a closer look at a work from our exhibition Glenn Brown – Rembrandt: After Life: Glenn Brown, Half-Life 5, 2016 (collection of the artist).

In his new series of etchings Half-Life, made specifically for this show, Brown again took Rembrandt’s fantasy heads as his starting point. After distorting his chosen works digitally, he redraws each one on an iPad, carefully reworking each of Rembrandt’s etched lines into his own dynamic swirling arcs, and extending them into the space around the heads. The image is then etched onto copperplate. In a further step, Brown combines these heads by printing one on top of the other, yielding an unsettling tension between the two heads as they form an amorphous presence.

In the exhibition Glenn Brown – Rembrandt: After Life The Rembrandt House Museum presents a selection of works in different media: paintings, drawings and prints. Brown’s contrarian audacity sticks out, his unique way of inverting the effects and aims of many much-loved works in the Western canon, including Rembrandt. It is with great pride and excitement that we present the results now, in Amsterdam, in Rembrandts home and workplace. One wonders what strands of conversation could be heard in the house had the great old master and this great new master met. The exhibition Glenn Brown – Rembrandt: After Life is on view at The Rembrandt House Museum until April 23rd 2017. More information:

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