Sotheby’s and Long Museum will present the unprecedented exhibition titled “REMBRANDT AND HIS TIME: An Important Private Collection of 17th-century Dutch Master Drawings”, at Exhibition Hall 6, Long Museum West Bund from April 16 to May 10. Linked with the exhibition, a thought-provoking panel discussion on the theme “Do drawings transcend culture and time?” will be hosted on April 16.
It was through drawing more than any other form of art that 17th-century Dutch artists captured every aspect of the appearance, life and culture of their native Holland. The collection of 81 drawings to be exhibited in Shanghai was formed with enormous care, scholarship and taste over nearly four decades and is one of the finest of its type in private hands anywhere in the world. The exhibition, which includes seminal works by many of the most important artists of the day, including Rembrandt, Jacob van Ruisdael, Hendrick Avercamp and Jan van Goyen, will present a complete and insightful look at 17th-century Dutch life and culture.
“With this very important, landmark exhibition, Sotheby’s and Long Museum are together bringing toChina for the first time a comprehensive showcase of 17th-century Dutch Old Master Drawings. The Dutch ‘Golden Age’ was one of the great high points in the whole history of European art, and drawings play a vital part in this artistic flowering. Works on paper have also been central to Chinese art and aesthetics, and we are increasingly aware of a growing Chinese interest in works of paper from other cultures. Bringing one of the greatest private collections of Dutch Old Master Drawings to China is one of many initiatives in Sotheby’s ongoing efforts to nurture Chinese interest in Western art. Sotheby’s is very honoured and pleased to have Long Museum as partner, and we look forward to introducing these 17th-century masterpieces to art lovers in China at this unprecedented exhibition.” said Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia.