In response to the exhibition Rembrandt’s Late Pupils: Studying under a Genius, an exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam devoted to the pupils Rembrandt trained during the last stage of his career, we we developed a research project titled Studio-R. From 12 February – 17 May we are opening an experimental studio space in the museum’s auditorium where the relationship between masters and pupils in the history of art, from Rembrandt and his mentors up to the present day, is being explored, discussed and visualised on the walls and in a series of public talkshows and interviews.
In Studio R artists and other experts discuss the current significance of master-pupil relationships. What do contemporary ‘masters’ like Olafur Eliasson and Marina Abramović have in common with the teachings of Rembrandt? And to what extent can the Rembrandt House be seen as the precursor to present-day art academies? The live conversations are open to the public and recordings can be heard in the studio. Visitors can contribute actively by posting questions and adding new information to the wall.
Save the date: the public talkshows take place on Sunday 22 May, 19 April and 17 May from 14:00 – 16:00 at the Rembrandt House Museum. More info soon.
Content and program: Michiel van Iersel, Arif Kornweitz and Radna Rumping (Non-fiction)
Design: Edoardo Costa & Kees de Klein
Advisory board: Michael Huijser, Pieter de Dreu, David de Witt (Rembrandt House Museum)
Thanks to: The Mondriaan Fund, Fonds 21, The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and VSBfonds.
(all installation shots by Kees de Klein)