Prague’s National Gallery will open its delayed Rembrandt exhibit in September

The highly anticiapted exhibit was postponed in April due to coronavirus restrictions

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas
Published on 30.07.2020 16:57 (updated on 30.07.2020)

Museums in the Czech Republic and around the world have experienced declining attendance due to anti-coronavirus restrictions and forced closures, with such measures impacting both small and large institutions of art.

Some good news, however: despite the recent surge of cases in the Czech Republic: a highly anticipated art exhibit honoring a Dutch master will take place in early autumn.

The exhibition Rembrandt: Portrait of a Man, which was due to begin in April and was considered the main event of the season at the National Gallery in Prague (NGP), will open on September 25 at Kinský Palace, the museum told the Czech press.

For the first time in the Czech Republic, the exhibit aims to gather a large number of not only Rembrandt’s paintings but his drawings and graphics, to present the entire scope of the artist’s work. 

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the painting “Scholar in His Study” from the NGP Collections, currently on display at the Schwarzenberg Palace. The 1634 painting is among the most valuable works of the National Gallery.

Due to the anti-coronavirus measures, the exhibition couldn’t take place as originally scheduled. While certain modifications have been made to the concept, and it will not be possible to bring some originally intended works to Prague, other pieces from the collection around the world have been secured.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was a Dutch painter who is considered to be one of the best painters in Western art and the greatest Dutch painter of all time.

The exhibition will present a number of first-class artworks loaned by major museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, the National Gallery in London, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Albertina in Vienna, and also by private collectors.

To follow the status of the exhibition visit the museum’s newly revamped website.