Opening of Dutch Days in Hong Kong 2019

Rembrandt in Amsterdam:

Inspirator and Innovator

by Lidewij de Koekkoek, Director of the Rembrandt House Museum

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Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Sales

Hall 5

Hong Kong Convention and

Exhibition Centre

1 Expo Drive

Wan Chai

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30 March 2019


About the talk

By invitation only. RSVP required.


Lidewij de Koekkoek, Executive Director of the Rembrandt House Museum, will discuss the life and oeuvre of Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The talk will cover his social position and social circles in Amsterdam, different moments marking  successes and disappointments in his career, and the ups and downs of the artist’s life. Rembrandt’s house and studio, a “creative hub avant-la-lettre,” also served as an educational institution and the base from where his art dealership and entrepreneurship activities took place. Furthermore, de Koekkoek will discuss some of Rembrandt’s masterpieces, in particular, his ingenious depiction of human lives and larger-than-life figures. She will highlight Rembrandt’s many innovations and how Rembrandt’s genius was as an important source of inspiration in his time up until the present day. De Koekkoek will conclude the talk with an overview of the current state of the field of Rembrandt research and the latest and innovative approaches to understanding the master painter.  

About the Speaker

Lidewij de Koekkoek

Rembrandt House Museum

Lidewij de Koekkoek was appointed General Director of the Rembrandt House Museum in October 2016. Previously, she was General Director of the Alkmaar City Museum, Director of Heritage and Archaeology in Dordrecht and Director of External Affairs at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. She studied art history at Leiden University, where she researched Rembrandt’s use of materials and techniques through archival research and interdisciplinary collaborations. 

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About the Rembrandt House Museum

The Rembrandt House Museum is situated in the heart of old Amsterdam, in the impressive early seventeenth-century house where Rembrandt once lived and worked. The museum is the key to telling the personal story of Rembrandt as an artist, teacher, entrepreneur, and collector. The house has been meticulously refurbished with furniture, works of art, and daily objects from that time. The museum houses a virtually complete collection of etchings by Rembrandt. A collection of paintings by Rembrandt, his teachers, and pupils are on permanent display. The museum also stages exhibitions on Rembrandt-related themes and artists. The Rembrandt House Museum is also a venue for exhibitions of work by contemporary artists who have been inspired by Rembrandt. The museum team is developing a masterplan for the expansion and modernisation of the museum buildings. The phased implementation is expected to begin in 2020. 

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